Re: The e-Consultation on Hunger, Food and Nutrition Security

Maria Sfarra FAO - WFP Facilitation Team, Italy
12-12-2012

Undernutrition entails huge economic costs in terms of forgone gross domestic product (GDP).  For example, a study titled “The Cost of Hunger” estimated that, in Central America and Dominican Republic, the costs stemming from child undernutrition were about US$ 6.7 billion, or more than 6 per cent of countries’ GDP. The study, jointly produced by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and WFP, is available at http://www.eclac.org/publicaciones/xml/9/32669/DP_CostHunger.pdf.

 

While these statistics are grim news, they also show the strong connection between child under-nutrition and economic growth.  From this perspective, how can we ensure that these linkages are recognized and measured in the post-2015 agenda?

 

Maria Sfarra

FAO-WFP Facilitation Team