South Asia has the highest rates of malnutrition and the largest numbers of undernourished children in the world! Poverty is often the underlying cause of child malnutrition, and while South Asia has recently experienced impressive economic growth and reduced poverty, this has not translated into improved nutrition. The region fares worse than any other developing region including Sub-Saharan Africa (45% vs. 28%, respectively). There is an urgent need to tackle the severe malnutrition situation in South Asia.
The World Bank is engaging with civil society and grassroots organizations to share their innovative ideas and experiences on improving nutrition among the poor in South Asia with a focus on what works in combating malnutrition.
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