Poor nutrition is a global problem, claiming the lives of more than 3 million children each year. Malnutrition during the first 1,000 days of life—from pregnancy to a child’s second birthday—can cause irreversible damage to cognitive and physical development. In fact, nearly half of all child deaths are related to malnutrition.
The World Food Programme (WFP) designs programs to directly treat and prevent malnutrition through education and specialized nutritional support for mothers and children. The agency also works to develop national capacity for finding long-term solutions and to influence the global policy dialogue on food and nutrition security. In addition, WFP works with partners across sectors to integrate nutrition considerations into other areas of work and address the underlying causes of malnutrition.
Last year, WFP reached more than 4 million mothers and nearly 9 million malnourished children with specialized nutritional support.