“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 get good nutrition at this vital stage of their development. Malnutrition in early childhood undermines children’s physical stature and cognitive abilities and impedes their performance in school.
Undernourished adolescent girls bear underweight babies, who then continue the insidious cycle of malnutrition into the next generation