Nutritional status is also determined by food safety. Up to 70 percent of the estimated 1.5 billion cases of diarrhoea occurring among children under 5 years of age, resulting in some 3 million deaths, are of foodborne origin.

Ecuador: about 2 million people -- mostly women and children -- are affected by iron deficiency worldwide
FAO photo: G. Bizzarri

More photos in this series:

  • Bhutan: Each year, about 20 million infants are born with low birth weights
  • Haiti: worldwide, some 190 million children are underweight and 230 million are stunted

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