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Nutrition needs of developing countries in the spotlight

POSTED January 11, 2022

Nutrition needs of developing countries in the spotlight

Advocates call for more attention to healthy food and its effect on education

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The important global issue of nutrition is in the spotlight at the start of 2022 as advocates call for a renewed focus on diversifying financing mechanisms and accountability as well as communicating the need for progress to the world.

As reported by the news agency Devex, the year 2021 was determined to be nutrition’s “year of action” by the United Nations Food Systems Summit and the Nutrition for Growth Summit. And while strides have been taken to accomplish its goals, Simon Bishop, the chief executive officer at the UK’s Power of Nutrition advocacy organization, believes the issue still needs more attention. 

“We’ve got to continue to make sure we’re making the case effectively that nutrition is relevant to these big other issues … [such as COVID-19], climate change, education,” Bishop said. This means “making the case that we will not achieve any global education targets if children are turning up on day one at school stunted, or once they’re in school they’re not getting decent nutrition to be able to learn.”

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