Dad holding daughter in kitchen
Dad holding daughter in kitchen

Originally written by Lauren Galvin, Nilupa Gunaratna, Ramya Ambikapathi, experts with Devex

As global development experts with decades of experience, it was hard for us to believe we hadn’t crossed paths sooner. But the silos of gender, early childhood development, and nutrition across our sector can mean that proven approaches are not merged to deliver effective multi-input programs that address multiple early childhood outcomes and common risk factors.

Globally, 250 million children are at risk of not meeting their developmental potential in the first five years of life, with significant long-term consequences for future health, learning, and economic productivity. With funding support from the Eleanor Crook Foundation and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, we aimed to break down those barriers and test bundled interventions with the potential to improve early childhood nutrition and development, as well as household gender equality.

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At Feed the Children, we feed hungry kids. We envision a world where no child goes to bed hungry. In the U.S. and internationally, we are dedicated to helping families and communities achieve stable lives and to reducing the need for help tomorrow, while providing food and resources to help them today. We distribute product donations from corporate donors to local community partners, we provide support for teachers and students, and we mobilize resources quickly to aid recovery efforts when natural disasters strike. Internationally, we manage child-focused community development programs in 8 countries. We welcome partnerships because we know our work would not be possible without collaborative relationships.

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