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WFP/EB.3/97/3-B

15 September 1997

Executive Board
Third Regular Session

Rome, 20 - 23 October 1997

"The single most devastating news for developing countries is that widespread nutritional deficiencies are inflicting lasting damage on the physical and mental capabilities of their populations. Apart from mortality, the most serious consequence of nutritional deficiencies during pregnancy and infancy is interference with brain development at critical times....Malnutrition in infancy and early childhood...also means a lower physical work capacity as adults...and the earlier onset of chronic degenerative diseases in later life." (Scrimshaw, WFP/UNU Seminar, May 1997).