How might the prevalence of stunting be reduced? For a start, high-level leadership committed to addressing the issue at
Getting pulses to consumers in both urban and rural areas will be an important weapon in the fight against malnutrition and
How chronic malnourishment damages the bodies and brains of 1 in 4 children worldwide.
Stunting rates of children are falling in every region except for Africa.
Without rapid action, the outlook is bleak. The World Bank estimates that the impacts of climate change -- such as more frequent natural disasters, droughts, floods, and food price spikes -- could push an additional 100 million people into poverty by 2030.
A farmer and a pregnant mother, Dek Huon plants seedlings by hand as temperatures rise to 100 degrees in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Today, some 160 million children under five years of age don't get the food and nutrients that their bodies need for optimal
At five years old, Eric's tiny body already tells a story of poverty and lost opportunity. He is six inches shorter than he should be for his age. Because he is stunted, experts say his chances of growing up healthy, learning at full potential and getting a job have been greatly diminished.
We had a fantastic panel with representatives from 1000 Days, No Kid Hungry, and the Bread for the World Institute, who discussed the topic from both a national and international standpoint, and the crucial steps we need to take to address it.
Chronic malnutrition, a prime factor for stunted growth, has been a problem in Tanzania for at least the past four decades, roughly coinciding with the sharp decline of the country's GDP.
Despite major progress in areas such as malaria prevention and childhood vaccinations, nutrition is an issue that has historically been overlooked by the international development community.
While stunting is something few lay people know about, UNICEF hopes to make it a global priority. When Americans learn about stunting, they may naturally assume the phenomenon is limited to developing nations, that it doesn't come homegrown.