What works for nutrition: Stories of success from Vietnam, Uganda and Kenya

Over the past 25 years, substantial progress has been made towards the achievement of the first Millennium Development Goal (MDG1) which committed world leaders to eradicate extreme hunger and poverty.

Since 1990, the number of hungry people in the world has declined by over 200 million. The global rates of underweight and stunting in children under the age of five have also reduced by over 40 percent. Despite this progress all countries suffer from one or more forms of malnutrition, and one in three people are malnourished. Around 159 million children are stunted and 50 million are wasted.

However, some countries have been able to make impressive progress through strategic policies, programmes, partnerships and investments in tackling various forms of malnutrition. Kenya, Uganda, and Vietnam are three such countries making rapid strides in improving nutrition.

This report captures the reasons for success in these three countries. It also attempts to identify barriers to further progress and ways in which those barriers could be overcome. Finally, this report seeks to provide recommendations to guide future efforts in tackling malnutrition.

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