Nutrition policies in developing countries

Challenges and highlights

Malnutrition remains one of the major obstacles to human well-being and economic prosperity in developing countries.1 There are strong normative and instrumental reasons related to human and economic development to address the burden of malnutrition as an issue of public concern. This calls for governments to prioritize policies and actions and allocate substantial investments in efforts to address the needs of their malnourished populations. Governments have the responsibility to establish function-ing institutions and infrastructure enabling the poor to achieve nutrition security and to provide services for treatment and prevention of malnutrition and related diseases.

Author: 
Ecker, Olivier
Nene, Marc
Published date: 
2012
Publisher: 
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
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