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?
FAO-WFP Facilitation Team
This thematic discussion was led by FAO and WFP in collaboration with “The World We Want”.
The consultation was facilitated by the Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN Forum)