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

Maria Sfarra FAO - WFP Facilitation Team, Italy

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


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