Importance of improving women’s nutrition

  • Addressing women’s malnutrition has a range of positive effects because healthy women can fulfil their multiple roles — generating income, ensuring their families’ nutrition, and having healthy children — more effectively and thereby help advance countries’ socioeconomic development.
  • Women are often responsible for producing and preparing food for the household, so their knowledge — or lack thereof — about nutrition can affect the health and nutritional status of the entire family.
  • Promoting greater gender equality, including increasing women’s control over resources and their ability to make decisions, is crucial.
  • Improving women’s nutrition can also help nations achieve three of the Millennium Development Goals, which are commonly accepted as a framework for measuring development progress.