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The devastating cost of ‘hidden hunger’, and how to end it


An estimated 2 billion people globally suffer from ‘hidden hunger’, a deficiency in essential vitamins and minerals that carries no visible symptoms for most, but can result in serious health problems.

Micronutrient deficiencies can cause everything from mental impairment and poor health to low productivity and even death. Infants, young children and women are disproportionately affected.

In this blog written for global development website DEVEX, Petra Klassen, Scientific Advisor at Nestlé’s Corporate Nutrition, Health and Wellness Unit, and Janet Voûte, Nestlé Head of Global Public Affairs, explain how government, civil society and the private sector can work together to end hidden hunger.