Food security means having enough safe and nutritious food, every day of the year – and it is a struggle for many families and communities.
A lack of nutrition contributes to half of all deaths of children under five. When children don’t have the right nutrients in their diets, such as vitamin A or zinc, they struggle to fight off common diseases like pneumonia. And even when children don’t get sick, poor nutrition has lifelong repercussions for brain development and physical growth.
Achieving food security is an essential tool for fighting poverty. When children are well-nourished and healthy, they can grow to reach their full potential. And when their parents have the calories and nutrients they need, and know how to properly care for their families, they have the strength and energy to improve their lives.
There’s no easy fix, but for every challenge, there are many solutions:
- Help people increase their food security: When families and communities grow more food, they have more to eat – and more to sell. Finding better ways to store food, growing different kinds of crops and developing new markets are all part of this strategy.
- Teach caregivers about nutrition and hygiene: Parents and caregivers hold the future in their hands – but they can’t teach what they don’t know. Learning about better nutrition and hygiene means children grow up healthy and strong.
- Create access to new economic opportunities: When people make a living, they can make a life. A steady income allows parents to feed their children quality food and send them to school. Creating new markets brings stability for communities year-round.
Those are some ideas, what are yours? Join the conversation and share your solutions on Twitter, using the hashtag #AllForChange.
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