One billion people, or a seventh of the world’s population, are hungry. When they are not nourished, their hunger will become chronic and severe. When children from the ages of 6 to 59 months become severely hungry, they are nine times as likely to die as a healthy child and are said to suffer from severe acute malnutrition (SAM)
The first 1,000 days of a child’s life are crucial and can determine that child’s full growth prospects due to significant development of the brain and immune system during that time. If a child does not receive the necessary proteins and vitamins during this period, their systems will never fully develop and he or she will be destined to a life of handicap and/or disease.