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The foundation of Human Development


This publication is a section of the WHH position paper on rural development.

Good nutrition is not only the basis for a healthy and active life for all people worldwide. The right to adequate nutrition is foremost an internationally acknowledged human right. And yet, malnutrition levels remain unacceptably high around the globe, with undernutrition particularly affecting countries in the Global South. As a consequence, millions of children are deprived of reaching their full potential, resulting in economic losses and heavy burdens on health systems of affected countries. Tackling malnutrition effectively requires multisectoral and integrated responses at different levels, while lasting and systemic change can only be achieved when strong nutrition governance ensures integration and prioritization of nutrition in relevant sector programs and coherent policy action.

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