Poor child nutrition in Malawi costs US$600 million per year, says WFP

A school feeding programme in Malawi, where stunting is linked to academic underachievement and low productivity at work. Photo: WFP

Nearly US$600 million a year is lost in Malawi because children miss out on critical nutrients to help them grow properly, UN health experts said Wednesday.

The figure features in a World Food Programme report showing that the issue of child under-nutrition costs the south African country around 10 per cent of its economic output.

Consequences of child under-nutrition include stunting, which affects around 60 per cent of the population, and poorer academic results, as WFP's Elisabeth Byrs explains to Daniel Johnson.

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