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Nutrition in LAC


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


 How to Protect and Promote the Nutrition of Mothers and Children. A toolkit for Stable, Crisis, and Emergency Situations in Latin America and the Caribbean  


The toolkit is designed to guide countries in crafting policy responses to nutritional needs of mothers and young children in unstable context. It also provides direction on how to protect and promote the nutrition of mothers and children during stable times, emergencies and during the transition in and out of crisis. (toolkit link)



South-South Learning and Exchange Event: Protecting and Promoting the Nutrition of Mothers and Children Second Regional Workshop, Panama City, Panama, December 6-7, 2012
The Workshop was widely attended with participation of country authorities from Bolivia, Colombia, Dominica, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Panama, St. Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and international agencies: read more 

ECD Workshop August 2012

Integrating Early Childhood Development and Nutrition in Central America. Tegucigalpa, Honduras August, 2012
To respond to interest in the integration of nutrition and ECD in the region, the Bank organized this regional workshop held in Tegucigalpa, Honduras (August 2012), which included a field visit to learn more about the Honduras AIN-C + early stimulation model: English summary | Spanish summary

Promoting Healthy Child Growth and Development report

Promoting Health Child Growth and Development: Advances and Opportunities for Community -based Nutrition Programs in Central America. Second Regional Workshop, Panama 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 | presentations


Improving the motivation of community workers
Learn about motivating community nutrition workers via text messages. Learn more (en español): Presentación | Webinar 

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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 

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High-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 

Fact Sheet: Achieving MDG for Nutrition in LAC




Promoting Healthy Child Growth and Development report 

Promoting Healthy Child Growth and Development 


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


Raising Food Prices: time to put your money where your mouth is? Also

Available: Portuguese / Español


Haiti: Saving Lives of mothers and children with better healthcare


Haiti: Sowing the seeds for better nutrition


Honduras: Are high food prices fueling child malnutrition?


World Bank Corporate Nutrition 



Last updated: 2011-07-29

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