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close this bookTackling Hunger in a World Full of Food: Tasks Ahead for Food Aid (WFP)
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Attacking hunger from birth

6.5 Secondly, the focus must always be on people. It will be especially important to alleviate the hunger of women and children at critical times in their lives. Their well-being during these times of particular need has a bearing not only on their own future, but also on their ability to contribute to development in general. Un-met food needs early in life will lead to health problems, loss of mental vigour and reduced productivity. Many such losses can never be recouped; but they can and will be compounded if inadequate nutrition continues.

Food is a preventative medicine

6.6 Targeted actions are necessary both to tackle food insufficiencies head on through interventions focused on enhancing nutrition and to enable hungry people to benefit from health, education, skills and income-earning initiatives. In this sense, food is a preventative medicine. And providing food aid to households through women further enhances its potential as a resource for human growth. Women are central to the fight against hunger.