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State in 60 Seconds: Nutrition

Elizabeth Buckingham, Nutrition and Gender Advisor in the Secretary's Office of Global Food Security
Washington, DC
June 13, 2013


I work in the Secretary's Office for Global Food Security. Our office supports the diplomatic efforts of the U.S. government's programs around food security and nutrition, which includes the President's Feed the Future initiative. I specifically focus on nutrition and there are a lot of reasons why nutrition is really important. One in four children is undernourished, which means that almost half of all deaths of children under five is directly related to them being undernourished. If a child doesn't receive the right nutrition in the first 1,000 days of life, which is from pregnancy to age two, they're going to be smaller, they're not going to do as well in school, their earning potential is going to be less, and their country isn't going to develop as quickly. We know how to fix this. We have ten simple interventions that can be implemented to end child undernutrition. And they're cost effective and we have the right partners to do it. We have the private sector. We have civil society and we know how to make this happen. You all can get involved by going to the Feed the Future website. We have a civil society webpage where you can make your voice heard and find ways to be involved.

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