Roger Thurow: Global malnutrition is a challenge to the worldwide economy

Roger Thurow: Global malnutrition is a challenge to the worldwide economy

Malnutrition is not just a social or developmental challenge — it has the potential to hold back global economies.

For instance, some countries with 30-50 percent stunting rates due to childhood malnutrition have seen their gross domestic product knocked down between 5 and 15 percent, according to Roger Thurow, a senior fellow on global agriculture and food policy at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

“There is a huge opportunity cost. What might a stunted child have contributed to all of us, to society if they weren’t stunted?” he said in a video interview with Devex.

Addressing food security is about more than hunger, Thurow emphasized, because many more people suffer from harmful micronutrient deficiencies — which are harder to detect.

Click on the above clip to find out more from this expert on the importance of nutrition to food security, especially in the first 1,000 days from pregnancy to a child’s second birthday.

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    Adva Saldinger is an Associate Editor at Devex, where she covers the intersection of business and international development, as well as U.S. foreign aid policy. From partnerships to trade and social entrepreneurship to impact investing, Adva explores the role the private sector and private capital play in development. A journalist with more than 10 years of experience, she has worked at several newspapers in the U.S. and lived in both Ghana and South Africa.

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