SciDev.net publishes a spotlight on the challenge of improving nutrition in the developing world.
More than a billion people in developing countries suffer from malnutrition, increasing the risk of disease and death, and reducing long-term economic productivity and development. But malnutrition is entirely preventable and science provides a wealth of information on how to tackle it. The challenge is turning this knowledge into action.
This spotlight provides a series of articles and commentaries written by experts from around the world that:
– explain the underlying causes of malnutrition from poverty and economic shocks to climate change;
– highlight the role of micronutrients in preventing infectious disease;
– reflect on lessons learnt from strategies to prevent malnutrition in the developing world;
– ask what developing countries must do to put scientific knowledge into effect; and
– provide advice to policymakers on the ground.