As world leaders tackle hunger, poor nutrition and extreme poverty, they need to ensure their solutions are not top down. Farmers, particularly women farmers, must be central to any strategy and not an afterthought.
The difference between a child achieving his or her full potential in life comes down to the first thousand days: from pregnancy through to a child's second birthday. For hundreds of millions of children, the lack of a few key nutrients during this period will forever blight their future.
In the life of a child, nutrition during the first 1,000 days -- from a mother's pregnancy to the child's second birthday -- can mean the difference between a promising future or one plagued by poor health and stunted growth.
At least 1/3 of all child deaths -- almost 3 million every year -- are linked to chronic undernutrition. No war, no flood, no coup necessary -- these are the children who fall through the cracks between food and nutrition.