Addressing Malnutrition ‘Critical’ To Advance U.S. Global Development Objectives

The Hill: Addressing malnutrition
U.S. Reps. Ander Crenshaw (R-Fla.) and Adam Smith (D-Wash.)

“Malnutrition is the largest single contributor to child mortality worldwide, and according to the World Health Organization is the underlying cause of death for at least three million children every year. As the United States continues its efforts to help end world hunger and poverty, we must address the fundamental problem of malnutrition. … A complex problem like malnutrition demands an innovative and effective foreign assistance solution. Specifically, addressing malnutrition requires coordinated planning and programming of effective nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive interventions across multiple sectors, including agriculture, health, nutrition, water and sanitation, social protection, and humanitarian assistance programs. … Recognizing and addressing the world’s malnutrition problem as one of the major underlying impediments to eradicating global poverty and economic growth will not only save lives, it is critical to the success of the U.S. government’s ability to advance our global development objectives” (10/7).