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By Jairos Saunyama 11 February 2019 pg 13

A few years ago the government in partnership with the World Food Programme (WFP), UNICEF, Food and Agricultural Organisation and some NGOs launched a stunting prevention programme which included providing super cereal plus porridge to children between 6 to 24 months. A village health worker Manyumwa said that the progress as far as fighting stunting is concerned. Since the launch of the programme stunting rates have declined by 10%. Other villagers have registered to benefit in the next phase of the programme. According to WFP if the right investiments are made  in Zimbabwe prevalence of stunting could be reduced by 18% by7 225. A demographic survey in ZImbabwe in 2011 found that stunting affects more than 30% of children under the age of 5.  At the launch of the Zimbabwe Food and Nutrition Security Policy in 2013 the government acknowledged that malnutrition accounted for more than 25% of deaths among children below the age of 5.