The First 1,000 Days: A Crucial Time for Mothers and Children—And the World

May 3, 2016

By: Roger Thurow, Senior Fellow, Global Food and Agriculture

Through compelling stories of new mothers and babies in Uganda, India, Guatemala, and Chicago, award-winning journalist and anti-hunger advocate Roger Thurow explores the promise of—and confounding challenges to—a transformative worldwide initiative to end early childhood malnutrition.

In the past few years, devastating food crises and new research on the economic and social costs of childhood hunger have inspired an unprecedented international movement to end malnutrition in the first 1,000 days of a child’s life, beginning with the mother’s pregnancy. Proper nutrition during these 1,000 days can profoundly influence an individual’s ability to grow, learn, and work. It can also determine a society’s long-term health and prosperity. But, as Thurow reveals, the task of better nourishing mothers and children is easier said than done.

Through inspiring and heartbreaking stories of families in four diverse places, Thurow brings the 1,000 days to life and illuminates the science, economics, politics, and progress of the movement, as well as the formidable obstacles and challenges it faces: among them economic injustice, disease, lack of education and sanitation, misogyny, and corruption.

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