Accelerating Global Nutrition: Lessons from Nepal

Accelerating Global Nutrition: Lessons from Nepal



across the globe there is a crisis of malnutrition affecting women and children holding them back from reaching their god-given potential in life malnutrition especially in the first 1000 days between pregnancy in the child's second birthday makes women and children vulnerable to illness and kills more than two and a half million children every year around the world children who survive bouts of malnutrition in the first 1,000 days are more vulnerable to being stunted meaning their physical and cognitive development is inhibited the high prevalence of stunting in communities and societies can lead to reduced productivity reinforcing a vicious cycle of poverty stunting impedes the thriving God intends for individuals families and communities as people of faith we care about nutrition for women and children because our compassionate God does we love because God first loved us we know that the right nutrition during the first 1,000 days makes it possible for children to complete more years of school earn more money later in life and live healthier and more fulfilling lives bread for the world we are trying to end hunger well within our country and around the world ending hunger is not just about getting people more calories more food but it's the right kind of food we want to ensure that people have proper nutrition and that is a key component to ending hunger so that was really what we went to Nepal to see to learn what we saw was people whose lives had been improved in Nepal USAID is funding the Sahara project and Sahara means good nutrition in Nepali the Sahara Project works with women and with households in the rural areas of Nepal to empower them with the knowledge and the tools that they need to improve their own nutrition and that of their children there were several experiences that really impacted me on our trip one of which was meeting with a local poultry breeder by the name of Lila the Sahara project had made the initial investment into her poultry breeding business however since that time she's been able to double the amount of chickens that she has on her farm but what stood out to me was the fact that she was selling eggs to members of her local community and not just thousand days mother's butt was selling eggs at a fraction of the cost to really be able to benefit the whole community at large when we left there were a large group of kids that ran toward us and it just really stuck out to me I'm thinking here she's doing something to benefit not only her children but also other local children within her community the women especially in in Nepal and in other communities what they really want is the best for their children we heard that over and over again when we asked what households and men and women's goals were I went up to meet with Krishna and Chandra Pun who our village model farmers they've been trained by USAID their role is to be community leaders to invite other farmers from the community to kind of learn from them because they've learned from USAID about you know better farming practices growing nutritious foods irrigation it was really encouraging and affirming for me that yeah what we've been doing is is having a difference we've made a lot of progress in the last few years especially in reducing stunting around the world what we're doing at bread for the world is working and and I want I want to encourage others to to to keep that up I wanted to keep that going we have a responsibility to take care of each other as Christians that's what we believe it's at the heart of who we are as long as children are malnourished their futures are compromised bread for the world is working to end hunger and malnutrition in the United States and abroad by equipping people to speak up to their elected officials you can make a difference in the lives of women and children by joining our movement your voice can have a real and lasting impact in our mission to end hunger and malnutrition visit WWF

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