The level of undernutrition in Zambia is high and persistent. The increasing commitment of Zambian and international stakeholders to changing this situation holds out the prospect a real decline in undernutrition over the coming years. In addition, the current strong growth of GDP per capita is potentially a positive driver of future undernutrition decline. Despite these increased opportunities for undernutrition reduction, however, there are several real threats to progress. Based on a combination of research evidence and long experience of working in the country, the authors in this IDS Special Collection describe some of these opportunities and threats in Zambia and suggest ways of seizing the former and dealing with the latter. It is suggested that investing in nutrition of young children and their mothers can help Zambia turn fast economic growth into meaningful growth, not only of its economy, but of its population.
Harris, J.; Haddad, L.; Seco Grütz, S. Assignment Report: Turning Rapid Growth into Meaningful Growth: Sustaining the Commitment to Nutrition in Zambia. Institute of Development Studies,, Brighton, UK (2014) 104 pp. ISBN 978-1-78118-181-2 [IDS Special Collection]