Our group chose to work on stunting because it is one of the major consequences linked to food insecurity. During our session Roger Thurow came to give us a better background on this incredibly broad topic to help us narrow our research. He explained how the hungriest people in Africa are the farmers, which in itself is a paradox, and that this occurs because the majority of the country's food is grown by a small percentage of farmers. He explained that most people in Africa live in rural environments and that they experience a hunger season between harvests due to the high level of food insecurirty. One of our group's biggest takeaways came from a discussion Mr. Thurow had with a woman named Zipporah who stated that "the deepest misery during the hunger season is not being able to silence the cry of a hungry child." He explained that along with malnutrition children are often plagued with micronutrient deficiency, which is a lot harder to spot because it does not show as apparently as malnutrion does with the distended belly. He argued that the first 1000 days of a child's life are the most crucial to their development and will determine whether the child is going to grow up stunted. He compared the mothers in Chicago to those in Uganda by explaining that the mothers know how they should be eating and exercising but that they cannot always do this because of issues of poverty, disease, and/or violence. He ended his discussion on stunting by saying, "A lost opportunity for one, is a lost opportunity for all." Meaning if the global community does not work together to solve this issue, we will be preventing the next generation of intellectuals and innovators from making the world a better place.

The Analysis of the Nutrition Situation in Uganda

Feed the Future Country Profile: Uganda

UNICEF: Uganda

-Uganda Malnutrition: Cost of Hungry Children Revealed

Why the First 1,000 Days Matter

1,000 Days: About

Nutrition in the First 1,000 Days

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Health Inequities

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