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Security & Strategic Review - November 2020

GUATEMALA: The cost of inadequate nutrition

A new report by the United Nations (UN) World Food Programme (WFP) and UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (Eclac) is warning that inadequate nutrition in Guatemala risks “turning back years of development gains”. According to the report, which was produced in collaboration with the Guatemala-based institute of nutrition of Central America and Panama (Incap) and the Guatemalan government, data from 2018 shows the country lost US$12bn to undernutrition, overweight, and obesity that year, equal to 16.3% of GDP.

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