Fighting Malnutrition in Honduras
Honduras is the third poorest nation in the Americas. One-third of the population lives below the poverty line and 1.5 million Hondurans or 20% of the population, face hunger on a daily basis.
However, malnutrition is especially problematic for children.
- In rural Honduras, the problem is especially acute with 48% of the population suffering from malnutrition.
- 10% of infants born in Honduras are underweight as a result of malnutrition in the country.
- One out of two children in the poorest communities suffers from stunted growth.
- 50% of children between the ages of 2 and 6 suffer from anemia.
- 29% of Honduran children younger than 5 years old suffer from slow growth rates.
Fortunately, several organizations are providing funding to the country to alleviate malnutrition.
World Bank and the United Nations
The growing rates of malnutrition in Honduras have prompted the World Bank and the United Nations to act. Currently, the organization is supporting a program called the AIN-C with the United States and investing $20 million into Honduras.
The money will be divided among nearly 1,000 Honduran communities and benefit 16,000 children.
World Food Programme
In addition, the World Food Programme (WFP) implemented the School Meals Programme in Honduras, which has provided 1.2 million children in primary school with food aid.
The program targets the very poorest communities in the country and provides the children with daily meals in order to encourage school enrollment. In addition to the program, the WFP has implemented the Purchase for Progress (P4P) program.
The P4P is a program that buys products from small farmers in order to help support the community. In partnership with other buyers, they have purchased $60 million in food from local Honduran communities.
Hopefully, as the international community continues to support poverty reducing programs in Honduras, the rate of malnutrition will decrease throughout the country.
– Robert Cross
Sources: Hope International, World Bank, World Food Programme