January 14, 2015 | By Roger Thurow

Learning in the Shade: A Story from the 1,000 Days

In this audio slideshow, Roger Thurow takes us to Karamoja, a region in eastern Uganda.

It is the poorest area of the country, with high rates of malnutrition and child stunting and low rates of literacy, latrine use, and access to health services.

In Karamoja, “mother care” groups of pregnant women and new moms come together—often gathering under giant shade trees—to learn how to best ensure their children are well nourished and healthy as they grow. Through the support and instruction of the humanitarian organization Concern Worldwide, these groups address a range of topics—from dietary diversity and good hygiene to the importance of breastfeeding and timely health care—that are crucial for the mother’s health and the child’s development in the 1,000 days period from the beginning of pregnancy through the first two years of life. It is all part of the Resiliency through Wealth, Agriculture and Nutrition project (RWANU), which is also supported by the United States Agency for International Development, ACDI-VOCA, and Welt Hunger Hilfe. So far, RWANU has reached more than 23,000 mothers in Karamoja.

Join Roger in Karamoja’s Nakapiripirit district as he highlights these innovative efforts that can lead to achieving the goal of healthier children, mothers, and communities.

Roger’s international reporting is supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.


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A Wondrous Journey

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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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