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Malnutrition is the single largest contributor to disease in the world.
Almost half of all child deaths are linked to malnutrition.
The cost of malnutrition may be as much as 5% of global GDP, some USD3.5 trillion a year.
Food-borne pathogens account for 420 000 deaths each year.
Over 70 percent of new human diseases originate in animals.

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Good health starts with nutrition. Without regular and nutritious food, humans cannot live, learn, fend off diseases or lead productive lives.

Having established Codex Alimentarius with the World Health Organization in 1963, FAO works to strengthen the capacities of governments and the private sector to ensure food quality and safety. FAO prioritizes improvements in maternal health and promotes nutrition awareness among women and girls in an effort to break the vicious cycle that perpetuates poverty, hunger and malnutrition.

For FAO, health goes beyond human health to also include animal, plant and environmental health, a One Health approach. Healthy animals contribute to healthy people and to sustainable food production.  FAO promotes best practices aimed at making animal production efficient and sustainable while protecting public health and ensuring safe trade. A growing concern, FAO devotes attention to improving farm level hygiene and vaccinations to protect animals from sickness and treatments, curbing the threat of antimicrobial resistance.

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