Nourishing women and children with fish powder in the first 1000 days

Molly Ahern -

Angela Muyangana feeding child of Namakando Mubiana, local farmer, Barotse floodplain, Zambia. Photo by Clayton Smith.
Angela Muyangana feeding the daughter of a local farmer, Barotse Floodplain, Zambia. Photo by Clayton Smith.

Poor nutrition during the first most critical 1,000 days of a child’s life—­­­­from conception through pregnancy and lactation to the child’s second birthday—can result in permanent developmental prob­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­lems. The Demographic and Health Surveys conducted in Malawi (2015-2016) and Zambia (2013-2014) show that 37 percent and 40 percent respectively of children under five years of age suffer from stunting, which results from chronic malnutrition.