Global malnutrition needs to be sorted out more comprehensively than by just providing temporary international food aid- say the editors of journal PLoS Medicine.
Recently, nutrition experts at a two-day meeting in New York City, organized by Columbia University's Institute of Human Nutrition and the humanitarian organization Médecins sans Frontières, called on the international community to urgently focus its efforts on delivering more food aid, of better quality, to prevent and treat malnutrition in the highest-burden areas.
"Such an emergency measure is clearly needed to bring down death rates as quickly as possible-but it is not a sufficient long-term approach to the global malnutrition crisis," say the PLoS Medicine editors.
Therefore, the editors argue that a broader and longer-term strategy is required to address global food insecurity.
They say that such a strategy would include "an array of policies to stimulate local agricultural and economic development-particularly the economic and social empowerment of women, the primary caregivers in most households."