Nuclear tools are helping bridge the nutrition information gap throughout the human life cycle. An active partner with the World Health Organization (WHO) and Food and Agriculture Organization, the IAEA is using its expertise to help Member States address nutrition problems that impact health and improve the effectiveness of intervention programmes.
From the nursing mothers to the elderly, living in urban centres or rural communities, good nutrition is everyone's concern. Hunger and malnutrition are among the most devastating problems facing the world's poor and needy. Their effects can have far-reaching consequences at all stages of life and even on into the next generation. The toll exacted by hunger and malnutrition is not just on individuals, but also on whole societies if too many of its members are unable to realize their economic contribution due to increased susceptibility to disease, disability, or, simply, the lack of energy to study or work. This is the socio-economic impact of poor nutrition, now being tracked using the disability-adjusted life year or DALY.