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Some 2 billion people -- over one-quarter of the world's population -- lack regular access to safe, nutritious, and sufficient food.In particular, improving child nutrition is one of the most transformative investments that governments and donors can make.That's why, while adequate child nutrition reduces the risk of disease and death, its biggest long-term benefit is perhaps the least recognized: its positive impact on cognitive development.This effect has been clearly demonstrated by the world's longest-running nutrition study, which began in Guatemala in 1969 . This investment will help only a minority of children avoid stunting: Most, after all, will avoid it even without the additional nutrition.That is how economists show that every dollar spent on child nutrition will create $45 of benefits for society, making it an extremely valuable investment. The next 12 months will be critical to keeping the spotlight on nutrition and mobilizing the resources needed to make global targets reachable. The World Bank's Investment Framework for Nutrition estimates that $70 billion is needed over 10 years to achieve key World Health Organization targets on undernutrition by 2025 .
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