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We can’t solve poverty without solving malnutrition

Malnutrition is the leading cause of childhood death, killing 300 children every hour. It is also one of the biggest barriers to ending poverty. What children eat during their first years of life greatly influences their IQ, how long they stay in school, how much they earn, and sometimes even their involvement in crime. In Guatemala, half of the children are chronically malnourished. In most of Sub-Saharan Africa, rates vary between 30 to 45%.

In much of Sub-saharan Africa and Central America, corn is one of the biggest reasons why. It simply does not have the nutrition kids need. Decades have been spent encouraging rural families to replace corn with more nutritious foods. But rural families continue to eat corn because it is the cheapest food to buy, the easiest crop to grow, and the foundation of thousands of years of culture.

Our corn is naturally bred to have higher levels of the most important nutrients missing in the diet: zinc, iron, and high-quality protein. Take a look below at how a diet with more nutritious corn compares to a diet without in terms of one of the most important nutrients–zinc.