February 4, 2016 | By Roger Thurow

The First 1,000 Days Is Coming May 3

Get a first-look at photos and stories from the book in this new web interactive.
Get a first-look at photos and stories from the book in this new web interactive.

I’m delighted to announce that my new book, The First 1,000 Days: A Crucial Time for Mothers and ChildrenAnd the World, will be released on May 3, 2016, just in time for Mother’s Day.

The book is a narrative journey through the 1,000 days from the beginning of a mother’s pregnancy to the second birthday of her child. On this journey, we follow moms and their babies in four corners of the world:

In Uganda: Esther and Rodgers, Brenda and Aron, and Harriet and Apio. In India: Sushma and Sunny, Seema and Priyanshi, Sanju and Adarsh, and Shyamkali and Anshika. In Guatemala: Maria Estella and Jorge, Dianet and Keytlin, and Gabriela and Jose. In Chicago: Jessica and Alitzel, and Quintana and ShaLawn.

Their stories are at the heart of the burgeoning 1,000 Days movement, a revolutionary initiative to end childhood malnutrition and stunting. Proper nutrition and all that supports it—clean water, improved sanitation, access to quality health care—during the first 1,000 days can profoundly influence an individual’s ability to grow, learn, work, and thrive. It can also determine a society’s long-term health and prosperity. In the second decade of the 21st century, one of every four children under the age of five in the world is stunted mentally or physically or both—that’s about 170 million children sentenced to a life of underachievement. It is a tremendous cost for all of us who live on this planet.

The stories of the moms and children illuminate the science, economics, politics, and progress of the 1,000 Days movement, as well as the formidable obstacles and challenges it faces, among them economic injustice, disease, lack of education, misogyny, and corruption.

The goal of this storytelling is to bring the 1,000 days to life, and to put faces and voices on the issues and statistics. The First 1,000 Days is a narrative of discovery and dreams, of crushing disappointment and soaring hope, of terrible sorrow and tremendous joy. It is, hopefully, a book that will both outrage and inspire.

The book is available for pre-order now from your favorite local or online bookstore:
Barnes & Noble
Indie bookstores
The Book Cellar
And please continue to check out outrageandinspire.org in the coming months as I share pictures and stories from The First 1,000 Days.


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A Wondrous Journey

Cruising down I-80 in the summer is one of the most wondrous, and paradoxical, drives in the country.

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1,000 Days and Migrant Stress

The first 1,000 days of a child's life is a critical time for development, where nutrition--and stability--lay the foundation for a lifetime. 

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Outrage and Inspire with Roger Thurow - Am I About to Lose My Second Child, Too?

The latest podcast in our ongoing series with Roger Thurow. Hear how even the best nutrition projects can be undermined by bad water, poor sanitation and hygiene, and lousy infrastructure.  From northern Uganda, we hear a mother’s agony when her healthy, robust child suddenly falls ill after a few sips of water…unclean water, it turned out.

Roger Thurow on SDG 2.2

Roger Thurow sat down with Farming First to talk about the individual and societal consequences of malnutrition. 




Digital Preview of The First 1,000 Days

In his new book, The First 1,000 Days, Council senior fellow Roger Thurow illuminates the 1,000 Days initiative to end early childhood malnutrition through the compelling stories of new mothers in Uganda, India, Guatemala, and Chicago. Get a first-look at photos and stories from the book in this new web interactive.

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The First 1,000 Days

Roger Thurow’s book will tell the story of the vital importance of proper nutrition and health care in the 1,000 days window from the beginning of a woman’s pregnancy to her child’s second birthday.

The 1,000 days period is the crucial period of development, when malnutrition can have severe life-long impacts on the individual, the family and society as a whole. Nutritional deficiencies that occur during this time are often overlooked, resulting in a hidden hunger. It is a problem of great human and economic dimensions, impacting rich and poor countries alike.

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The Last Hunger Season

In The Last Hunger Season, the intimate dramas of the farmers' lives unfold amidst growing awareness that to feed the world's growing population, food production must double by 2050. How will the farmers, Africa, and a hungrier world deal with issues of water usage, land ownership, foreign investment, corruption, GMO's, the changing role of women, and the politics of foreign aid?

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Roger Thurow and Scott Kilman, award-winning writers on Africa, development, and agriculture, see famine as the result of bad policies spanning the political spectrum. In this compelling investigative narrative, they explain through vivid human stories how the agricultural revolutions that transformed Asia and Latin America stopped short in Africa, and how our sometimes well-intentioned strategies—alternating with ignorance and neglect—have conspired to keep the world’s poorest people hungry and unable to feed themselves.

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