11/13/2012 08:56 am ET Updated Jan 13, 2013

The Cost of Malnutrition

Malnutrition takes the lives of 300 children every hour. It also robs people of their earning potential and stands in the way of a country's economic development. Malnutrition in the 1,000 days between pregnancy and a child's second birthday carries lifelong consequences, affecting a child's growth and development, ability to learn, and lifelong health and productivity. Cost-effective solutions exist, and an investment in reducing malnutrition has a high rate of return. When we improve nutrition for poor mothers and children during the 1,000-day window, we give children and their communities the opportunity for a better future. What if you could do something this #GivingTuesday to help eliminate malnutrition? Bread for the World urges you to get the facts and give a child a better start in life.

The Cost of Malnutrition

*All photographs copyright Laura Elizabeth Pohl/Bread for the World

This blog is part of our #GivingTuesday series, produced by The Huffington Post and the teams at InterAction, 92nd Street Y,United Nations Foundation, and others. Following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday - which takes place for the first time on Tuesday, November 27 - is a movement intended to open the holiday season on a philanthropic note. Go to to learn more and get involved.