Carmen Jacqueline Ho

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Newly arrived children draw on the sand at al-Adala internally displaced persons camp just outside of the Somali capital Mogadishu on May 15. Drought has left nearly 2 million Somalis in desperate need of food and hundreds of thousands of children suffering from malnutrition. (Abdirazak Hussein Farah/AFP/Getty Images)

Since 2011, World Hunger Day has celebrated solutions for hunger and poverty. Yet hunger is on the rise, and 821 million people are undernourished, facing chronic food deprivation. This contributes to malnutrition — and poor mothers and children in low- and middle-income countries are hardest hit.

Malnutrition undercuts healthy development, often irreversibly in children, leaving an estimated 149 million children worldwide affected by stunted growth.

But solutions exist. In fact, many evidence-based solutions, which could improve nutrition policies, are inexpensive. And the economic benefits of improving nutrition policies would be immense — malnutrition costs the global economy up to $3.5 trillion every year, a result of productivity losses and health-care costs.…  Seguir leyendo »