Nutrition in Developing Countries
1. More than half the global population suffers from
one form of malnutrition or another. Malnutrition
kills ten children per minute. It compromises
people’s physical and cognitive capabilities. It
impedes on the development of the society as a
whole and contributes to persistent poverty. Today,
the international food, fi nancial and economic
crises also further deteriorate the situation.
2. Progress towards the first Millennium
Development Goal (MDG1) is measured, in
particular, by a nutritional indicator (proportion
of underweight children under five years of
age), which specifi cally links poverty, food and
The proportion of undernourished children went
from 33% in 1990 to 26% in 2006. This progress
does not, however, enable to reach the MDG.
Also, as food staples have increased in price,
the situation has worsened since 2007.
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