Investing in nutrition more than just a moral imperative

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Rolf Hackbart, Deputy Director of FAO's Office for Partnerships. UN Photo/Leda Letra

Investing in nutrition is not only a moral imperative, it also improves productivity and economic growth, according to the Food and Agriculture (FAO).

More than 90 businesses and private sector entities are participating in the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) taking place in Rome this week.

Company leaders are due to meet on Tuesday to discuss how they will prioritize nutritional interventions, particularly geared to addressing the needs of women, children, and the most vulnerable.

Rolf Hackbart, Deputy Director of FAO's Office for Partnerships, says the participation of the private sector is fundamental because they are the investors.

"They are deciding what to produce, when to produce, what kind of market, and they are very very important to establish a partnership with FAO, to establish good partnerships to produce good food, good nutrition, eliminate hunger, and sustainability." (17")

Mr Hackbart added that the cost of malnutrition to the global economy in lost productivity and health care is more than three trillion dollars a year, or $500 per person on the planet.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations, Rome.

Duration:  1’15″

 

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