The Economic Rationale for Investing in Stunting Reduction

In 2013 a group of economists and researchers calculated the benefit: cost ratios of a package of nutrition interventions aimed at reducing stunting and severe acute malnutrition. The paper finds that investments to reduce chronic undernutrition are excellent investments – at the most conservative set of assumptions, for every $1 spent on direct nutrition interventions, $18 in economic benefits are realized.

These economic benefits derive largely because averting chronic undernutrition gives children greater capacity to learn and learning is rewarded in the labor market. This is a critical body of work, as the global nutrition community must be prepared to discuss nutrition interventions in terms of the economic benefits and costs in order to convince policymakers to prioritize investments in nutrition programs.

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