Canada is a global leader in supporting nutrition around the world. These photographs and captions explain the importance of nutrition in WFP’s work and show how improving nutrition – by increasing access to healthy and nutrition food – saves lives.
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Every year, WFP provides food assistance to more than 80 million people in 75 of the world’s poorest countries with the support of donors such as Canada. Before starting a programme, WFP determines the right food, because a successful response depends on nutritionally appropriate food. Malnutrition affects millions around the world --nearly half of all deaths of children under the age of 5 are due to undernutrition. Canada and WFP are working together towards a world with Zero Hunger.
A persistent lack of adequate food and nutrition causes stunting, a growth failure in a child over time. This affects one quarter of the world's children under 5 – about 162 million. Stunting, or chronic malnutrition, prevents them from reaching their full physical and mental potential. It can be prevented by ensuring that pregnant women and children from 6-23 months get the right nutrients for growth.
Children reach their full adult potential only if they receive proper nutrition in the first 1,000 days of life – from conception to age 2. Inadequate nutrition during this critical window of opportunity leads to irreversible damage and impairment in physical growth and cognitive development.
Canada is working with WFP to maximize the nutritional impact of its food assistance through the "Nutrition Capacity Strenghtening Plan". Under the plan, WFP programming and nutrition policies are being strenghtened in seven countries. For example, a Canadian investment in the development of "Mi Comidita", a fortified food supplement produced in Guatemala, is improving the lives of mothers and children across the country.
In funding the work of WFP and organizations like the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, Canada is helping to save the lives of mothers and children. This invaluable support addresses the food and nutrition needs of millions of people facing hunger, and helps our neighbours to help themselves by becoming more food secure and prosperous.
Private sector support is behind WFP’s improved ability to deliver good nutrition. Public-private partnerships with companies such as Royal DSM, Unilever and organizations such as the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), are essential to develop new and effective products. Some of these are micronutrient powders, Super Cereal Plus (a nutritious porridge), fortified dates, ready-to-use foods that do not need water (often a source of contamination) and rice fortification.
Canada is WFP's second largest donor to its school feeding programmes which provide a nutritious meal or snack to an average of 20 million children in more than 60 countries every year, increasing enrolement and attendance and helping children learn more effectively. School meals aim to nurture the next generation of farmers, teachers, doctors and presidents - feeding minds as well as bodies. Since 1969, 38 countries have taken over school feeding programmes from WFP.
Molly, on the left, is a young girl from the Mathare slum in Nairobi, Kenya. She's one of more than 20 million children around the world who receive a WFP meal in school each day. In 2012, WFP gave her a small video camera and asked her to record scenes from her daily life.
Thanks to the stable and predictable funding from donors such as Canada, WFP was on the ground in 2013 providing humanitarian assistance to vulnerable people in high-profile and seemingly forgotten crises around the world. Four large-scale emergiences required significantly scaled-up operations in 2013, namely crises in the Philippines, the central African republic, South Sudan and Syria. As an example, three months after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, WFP had offered food assistance to more than 2.8 million people in 100 municipalities, and 500,000 people had received cash assistance to purchase food.
Canada is the main sponsor of REACH, a programme that assists countries burdened by child and maternal undernutrition. Working with governments to build institutional capacity, strenghten policy planning skills and prioritise scarce resources, REACH accelerates effective responses and maximizes partnerships with UN agencies, including WFP, civil society, donors and the private sector. Canada funds REACH in 11 of the 15 countries involved, including Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Haiti, Mali, Mozambique, Nepal, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania and Uganda.
WFP’s Canadian Ambassador against Hunger, George Stroumboulopoulos, visited Haiti two years after a devastating earthquake. "Access to food isn't a privilege. It's not about politics or partisanship. It's about people in need and our responsibility as humans to be there for one another," said George. "As Canadians we should be all very proud that Canada continues to be one of WFP's top donors".
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