A healthy start in life begins with healthy food.
But not every child gets the nutrients they need for their brains and bodies to fully develop. And when they don’t, the damage can be irreversible.
For decades, children in the village of Sylla Diongto in northeastern Senegal have been smaller than they should be. Many struggle in school. Some will never realize their full potential. This vicious cycle of poverty and malnutrition is repeated across sub-Saharan Africa and throughout Senegal. Even though it boasts an abundance of fertile soil, Senegal still imports over two-thirds of its rice, the country’s primary food.
If rural Senegalese were empowered to grow and eat better crops, would the cycle stop? Would children have a chance for a healthy future?