Malnutrition may be caused by poor distribution of food in the household, inappropriate breast-feeding practices and foods for children, insufficient feeding frequencies, diarrhoea or other health-related causes.

Haiti: worldwide, some 190 million children are underweight and 230 million are stunted
FAO photo: G. Bizzarri

More photos in this series:

  • Bhutan: Each year, about 20 million infants are born with low birth weights
  • Ecuador: about 2 million people -- mostly women and children -- are affected by iron deficiency worldwide

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