The first 1,000 days in ending hunger

I have been going back through the book The End of Hunger:Renewed Hope for Feeding the World to take in the possibilities in this venture and goal of ending hunger by 2030. There is HOPE.

Mark Shriver has a chapter discussing the goal of ending hunger and malnutrition (beginning on p. 120). He writes this:

“The first one thousand days of a child’s life — between pregnancy and a child’s second birthday — are the ‘window of opportunity’ to ensure healthy growth and development of a child.” (p. 122)

It is important to provide access to good nutrition. Malnutrition in this time period can lead to difficulty in school, lower productivity, and poor jobs and job performance in adulthood. Poor nutrition effects health. The immune system is battered and weak.

We have a vested interest in helping mothers and young children eat well. To eat well in many parts of the world is to end conflict in contentious regions. Waging peace is part of ending hunger.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. (Matt. 5:9)

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Credit: Sharon Christina Rørvik

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