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Malnutrition receives less attention than most of the world's other major challenges. Yet it is one area where a relatively small investment can have the most powerful impact.Even moderate nutritional deficiencies can hinder a child's development.The 2012 study demonstrated that an investment of just $100 per child could pay for a bundle of interventions – including micronutrients, diet-quality improvements, and behavior-change programs – that would reduce chronic undernutrition in developing countries by 36 percent.Similarly, former British Prime Minister David Cameron cited the same research at a 2013 meeting on "Nutrition for Growth," when G-8 governments committed to spending $4.15 billion more on the fight against malnutrition.This relatively small investment would deliver extraordinary benefits, not least by preventing 140 neural-tube-defect deaths and more than 250,000 cases of anemia every year.Policies to improve nutrition come closer than most.
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