Malnutrition recognized as most cost-effective development intervention

14 May 2012 ()

On 14 May 2012 a panel of economic experts, including some of the world’s most distinguished economists and Nobel laureates, published recommendations on the most cost-effective ways to allocate money to respond to the world’s biggest challenges.

The panel recommended fighting malnutrition, and in particular micronutrient fortification, as the top priority for policy-makers and philanthropists.

Nobel laureate economist Vernon Smith said: “One of the most compelling investments is to get nutrients to the world’s undernourished. The benefits from doing so – in terms of increased health, schooling, and productivity – are tremendous.”

Read the Copenaghen Consensus 2012 Expert Panel recommendations

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