Every third person in the world now faces some form of malnutrition. It’s an issue of outsized importance with widespread consequences that doesn’t receive the attention it deserves.
Malnutrition Deeply aims to bring the latest information and insights to those invested in this issue and to connect them with one other, fostering a much-needed dialogue and potential solutions.
Through objective, reported pieces from expert journalists and the insights and engagement of a vast community of policymakers, front-line workers, scientists, funders, private-sector representatives, researchers and implementers, Malnutrition Deeply will highlight the critical stories in the field and facilitate the sharing of knowledge and new ideas between the people seeking to bring malnutrition to an end.
We will explore the conditions fueling malnutrition in all its forms – undernutrition (including stunting and severe acute malnutrition), overweight, obesity and micronutrient imbalances. We will travel the globe to the places where people are experiencing and confronting malnutrition and help them tell their own stories. And we will identify the systems that perpetuate these trends, while highlighting some of the most promising ideas for upending them.
Malnutrition has a major effect on the world’s poorest and most marginalized. And it exacerbates gender inequality; women are disproportionately affected by every form of malnutrition. We will strive to answer why this is the case and what can be done to ameliorate it.
As it has triggered alarm, malnutrition has also given rise to innovations that need to be highlighted. Policymakers across sectors are considering unique approaches that might encourage communities to eat more healthily, even as farmers try out new strategies to restore their yields. Scientists are experimenting with fortifying the foods that are easily available, and aid agencies are working to distribute the products of their research. And economists, private-sector representatives and activists are confronting the barriers that prevent some people from accessing the nutrition they need. Our goal is to raise awareness about these actors and innovations so other communities might benefit from them as well.
What the concern has not drawn, though, is the money the global community says is needed to meet the problem. Donors spend 0.5 percent of all official development assistance on undernutrition. They spend less than 0.01 percent on overweight, obesity and related noncommunicable diseases. Malnutrition Deeply will track how this is impacting the global effort to end malnutrition by 2030.
Malnutrition Deeply will be the hub for essential, unbiased reporting and conversations on all of these issues. We invite you to join us on this journey and encourage your feedback throughout.