1,000 Days: Why improving nutrition leads to long-term economic growth

Adrianna Logalbo (1,000 Days): Nutrition is a fundamental part of our global development priorities

What are the long-term benefits of improving the nutrition of a woman and her child during the time period from pregnancy until the child turns 2?

In this video, Devex Impact reporter Adva Saldinger asked 1,000 Days Campaign Director Adrianna Localbo, who shared her insights about how helping to provide proper nourishment for women and young children can lead to substantial gains not only in education achievement but also economic productivity.

“Improving nutrition is not necessarily just for nutrition’s sake,” she explained, adding that it can improve a developing country’s gross domestic product by up to 11 percent, according to its data.

Click on the above clip to learn more about the 1,000 Days campaign, including where Localbo thinks the private sector can fit in — because in the end, she said, this is about economic development.

Want to learn more? Check out Feeding Development's campaign site and tweet us using #FeedingDev.

Feeding Development is an online conversation hosted by Devex in partnership with ACDI/VOCA, Chemonics, Fintrac, GAIN, Nestlé and Tetra Tech to reimagine solutions for a food-secure future from seed and soil to a healthy meal.

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