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A woman picks water spinach, popularly known as Kangkong from her kitchen garden. Kankong leaves are naturally rich in dietary fiber, protein, calcium, iron and vitamins which are highly nutritious for pregnant women and growing children. | by USAID Nepal
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A woman picks water spinach, popularly known as Kangkong from her kitchen garden. Kankong leaves are naturally rich in dietary fiber, protein, calcium, iron and vitamins which are highly nutritious for pregnant women and growing children.

The 1,000 days between a woman’s pregnancy and her child’s second birthday presents a critical window of opportunity to shape the health of a child. Providing the right maternal and child nutrition during this period is crucial in preventing malnutrition, stunting and wasting – a major public health problem in Nepal. To improve the 1,000 day women and children’s access to nutritious food, the USAID-funded Suaahara project initiated homestead food production alongside hygiene and sanitation improvement. More than 61,000 mothers are armed with the skills to cultivate green vegetables and manage backyard poultry, ensuring that there’s a sustainable source of healthy nutrient food to feed themselves and their growing infant right in their home.

© Valerie Caldas, Suaahara

 

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Taken on July 31, 2013