Transform Nutrition: Using Evidence to Inspire Action

Undernutrition – the lack of food or adequate nutrients – causes the death of 2.6 million children a year; a third of all child deaths. The human and economic costs are enormous even for those who survive.

Mother and child
Credit: Frederic Courbet / Panos for Save the Children

Undernutrition disrupts schooling and means children are likely to remain poor as adults. Transform Nutrition is an international consortium of research partners. We use our quality research to inspire action to address undernutrition and work with key actors - policy-makers, civil society and business leaders – in the most affected countries.

The puzzle of undernutrition

We know which interventions work to reduce undernutrition. Yet, effective interventions are not being scaled up fast enough which slows down the reduction of undernutrition.

We know there is huge investment in sectors such as agriculture, social protection and health systems. Yet, their potential to improve nutrition is rarely exploited.

Finally, in countries where undernutrition is high, the priority is often getting food on the table, rather than addressing nutrition needs.

Finding solutions

Better nutrition is in everyone's interests but it’s nobody's responsibility. Transform Nutrition wants to change this.

Over five years, from 2012 to 2017, we’ll research the effects of nutrition on children. We’ll focus on the 1,000-day period from pre-pregnancy to 24 months of age – when interventions are most effective at reducing undernutrition – to find solutions to the nutrition crisis.

We’ll promote this knowledge to reduce undernutrition more rapidly in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa – the two regions with the highest rate of undernutrition.

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