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Nutrition in LAC

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Nutrition LAC

International experience shows that effective nutrition programs can prevent irreversible mental and physical damage among children and boost adult productivity. Tackling malnutrition directly reduces child mortality and has been shown to increase lifetime earnings. The World Bank LAC HD team recognizes that improving the nutritional status of young children and pregnant and nursing women is a key development priority. It is also an investment with high returns. Over the last couple of years the team has actively supported various initiatives to improve nutritional status in most countries in the region.

Regional Initiatives, Andean Initiatives, Central America Initiatives, Caribbean Initiatives


Promoting Healthy Growth & Development:

Advances & Opportunities for Community-based Nutrition Programs in Central America

Second Regional Workshop

Panama City, Panama
October 26-28, 2011


The World Bank, in collaboration with the IDB and the Salud Mesoamerica 2015 Initiative, hosted the second Regional Nutrition Workshop in Central America, “Promoting growth to prevent chronic malnutrition: Progress and opportunities for community-based strategies in Central America,” in Panama from October 26-28, 2011. The event was attended by more than 80 high-level policymakers and country program staff from the LCR region responsible for setting and implementing nutrition policies. The following 11 countries participated in the workshop: Belize, Bolivia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and Peru (read more).


More on strengthening community-based nutrition programs.



Improving the motivation of community workers

Learn about motivating community nutrition workers via text messages. Learn more (en español): PresentaciónWebinar 

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Culturally Inclusive Communication to Improve Nutrition: Guatemala's Approach

A one-size-fits-all approach is not effective for changing nutrition practices. Learn about Guatemala’s culturally-relevant nutrition messages: English| español 

 spring meetingsHigh-Level Nutrition Event
The Governments of Canada and Japan, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the World Bank co-hosted a high-level meeting.
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Primer Concurso Gastronómico Comidas sabrosas y nutritivas de mi localidad
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Television Spots!!
Watch the new television spots produced for the government of Peru to improve the visibility of chronic malnutrition and its consequences
Spot 1 - Spot 2 - Spot 3 - Spot 4

Investing in early childhood nutrition
What are the returns?
April, 2008
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Dissemination of Social Protection Book and
Nutrition Video

Combating Malnutrition in Central America Workshop (2006)
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Nutrition LAC



Andean Countries
Central America

Nutrition Profiles


El Salvador Nutrition



Bolivia Nutrition



Ecuador Nutrition 



Guatemala Nutrition 



Haiti Nutrition  


Honduras Nutrition 


Peru Nutrition 



Promoting Nutrition  Security in Haiti


Promoción del crecimiento para prevenir la desnutrición crónica

Social protection in Peru

Nutritional failure in Ecuador: causes, consequences and solutions

More publications 


Useful links


World Bank Corporate Nutrition 



Last updated: 2011-07-29

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