Fighting malnutrition is central to empowering women

Joel Spicer, president and CEO of Micronutrient Initiative, sat down with Devex to talk about women's education and health.

The notion that proper nutrition is a prerequisite for health and education is not new. Yet there is a lack of political will to reach out the 1 billion malnourished women and girls.

“When we talk about progress on health, progress on education, all of these depend of having good nutrition, Joel Spicer, president and CEO of Micronutrient Initiative, told Devex at the sidelines of at the Women Deliver Conference in Copenhagen.

Watch the above clip to learn more about the Right Start initiative, and why nutrition is a great starting point to move forward in many other development goals.

Power of 5 is a global campaign focused on raising awareness of the issue of childhood malnutrition, and the critical role nutrition plays in early childhood development. Join the conversation online using #powerof5.

About the authors

  • Jacques Jimeno

    Jacques is a former copy editor at Devex’s news production team. Previously, he worked with the Philippine Department of Tourism and the World Wide Fund for Nature.
  • Kelli Rogers

    Kelli Rogers is an Associate Editor for Devex. Based on the U.S. West Coast, she works with Devex's team of correspondents and editors around the world, with a particular focus on gender. She previously worked as Devex’s Southeast Asia correspondent based in Bangkok, covering disaster and crisis response, resilience, women’s rights, and climate change throughout the region. Prior to that, she reported on social and environmental issues from Nairobi, Kenya. Kelli holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, and has since reported from more than 20 countries.

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