“It is vital for everyone to play their part in making sure women and children, particularly adolescent girls, get proper nourishment,” says World Food Programme Deputy Executive Director Sheila Sisulu, noting that Asia’s catastrophic malnutrition levels are the single greatest barrier to the evolution of a modern, knowledge-based work force that can manage the economic powerhouse it has the promise to become.
A mother weakened by iron and vitamin A deficiency cannot give her children the upbringing needed to complete their education and achieve their full social and economic potential. As the primary caregiver of the family, a mother needs essential micronutrients in order to do her job well.
It is also crucial for infants and young children to have a good nutrition state at the period of growing up. Malnutrition in infancy impairs children's physical stature and cognitive abilities and impedes their performance in school.
Undernourished mothers have low-weight babies and the vicous circe continues to the next generation.