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Childhood nutrition is the most critical and economically sound intervention, finds a new study

The Guardian has published an op-ed by Bjorn Lomborg which dicusses the findings from our Nutrition perspective paper written by Professor Susan Horton from University of Waterloo and professor John Hoddinott from Cornell.

We asked two of the world’s leading experts on nutrition and economics to document the benefits, and this week we published their findings. Professor Susan Horton from University of Waterloo and professor John Hoddinott from Cornell have written a cost-benefit analysis of nutrition interventions aimed at reducing stunting; they conclude every dollar spent on nutrition in the first 1,000 days of a child’s life can give a saving of an average $45 (£28) and in some cases as much as $166. “The returns to investments in nutrition have high benefit cost ratios, and that this should be a top development priority.”

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