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.
The fight against hunger, especially child hunger, is at a critical crossroads. We have never had as much knowledge, evidence, political will and grassroots engagement as we do today to make malnutrition history.
Investing in nutrition can increase a country's GDP by 2-3 percent annually. This is why, as leaders meet in Davos, many are discussing the importance of food and nutrition security as central to creating lasting health and development improvements.