More than a billion people today are undernourished. Undernutrition is one of the world’s most serious but least addressed health problems, falling hardest on the very poor, especially women and children. The good news is, with targeted aid, a little goes a long way. Better nutrition during early childhood helps kids live longer, grow stronger, think faster, stay healthier, and be more productive.
Through its Sustainable Agriculture and Development Program, UMCOR provides relevant, farmer-centered, and field-based education to help farmers get the most out of their land. For example, Moringa trees can give a huge nutritional boost to communities. Almost every part of this plant can be eaten, and it contains vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C, calcium, chromium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, protein, and zinc. Parts of the Moringa plant can also purify water and be used medicinally. UMCOR provides Moringa seed and education to families where malnutrition poses a deadly threat.
UMCOR endorses the Scale Up Nutrition (SUN) framework and its 1,000 Days movement. This movement works to improve nutrition around the globe, especially in the first thousand days of a child’s life—the most critical. These efforts have an exponential long-term impact on the futures of communities and nations.
UMCOR encourages faith communities to support SUN and the 1,000 Days campaign. They fight against global undernutrition by:
- Raising awareness of global undernutrition and best ways to take action.
- Encouraging organizations to use nutrition as an indicator for the quality of their aid programs.
- Influencing and encouraging governments to develop national strategic plans on nutrition, including financial and implementation commitments.
- Promoting the use of soybeans and Moringa to improve household and community nutrition in a cost-effective way.
- Educating communities about the importance of proper nutrition.