Malnutrition is a global challenge. With around 20 million babies born underweight each year, a third of reproductive-age women anaemic and 39% of the world’s adults overweight or obese, it is a universal problem, that indiscriminately affects all geographies, age groups, wealth groups and sexes.
All forms of malnutrition are associated with ill health, mortality, and social and economic problems. It holds back development globally with unacceptable human consequences, costing billions of dollars a year, and imposing human capital costs – direct and indirect – on individuals, families and nations.
We provide support to both nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive programmes to help understand what works and why within the complex causes of malnutrition across food, social, living, and health environments and within cultural, policy and economic contexts.