The Cost of Hunger

Long-term undernutrition in Malawi has left a devastating legacy, exacting a damaging toll not only on those who suffer its effects directly, but on the country’s economic development.

According to a new study commissioned by the African Union, 60% of working-age Malawians suffered from stunting as young children and live with the enduring effects of the condition, reducing their productivity as employees. Shockingly, more than 10% of those who would now be between 15 and 64 died in childhood from undernutrition, decimating the potential workforce.

The report estimates that Malawi lost approximately $597 million in 2012 due to child undernutrition.
The Guardian

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