Afghanistan: How do you tackle widespread malnutrition in a poor, corrupt country at war?

by IRIN News

WFP plans to fortify wheat in Afghanistan to address widespread malnutrition. Photo: Heba Aly/IRIN

Despite billions of dollars in aid over the last decade, Afghanistan’s malnutrition rates have soared, now well-past emergency thresholds, with one-fifth of children malnourished overall; one-third of children acutely malnourished in some conflict areas; and 60 percent of children under five stunted, according to a recent survey by the government’s Central Statistics Organization and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

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