Children are more likely to be healthy and educated when their families are not worried about where the next meal will come from. But in many rural parts of the world, families urgently need support to grow or buy a variety of foods for their children to thrive. To effectively fight child hunger and improve children’s well being, nutritious food must be made available to families, and families must have the means to buy it.

The Household Economy Analysis (HEA) study was initiated to support Save the Children’s hunger reduction strategy in northern Nigeria. The HEA (food access) study complemented two other research studies: the SMART (nutritional status) survey and the Cost of Diet (food affordability) survey.

Implementation of the Child Development Grant Program (CDGP) also began in 2013 in Jigawa and Zamfara states and has already forged strong working relationships with key stakeholders and Government at State, LGA levels and with the National Planning Commission at the Federal level. It has also setup effective structures for planning and monitoring the implementation of the programme including the development of a comprehensive VFM framework.

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Nearly 6.6 million children die each year due to preventable and treatable causes, including 1 million babies who die on the day they are born. What’s more, malnutrition contributes to the deaths of children and a lifetime of poor health. More than 150 million children in developing countries are malnourished.

According to the World Bank:

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