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Publication | 2022

Fill the Nutrient Gap - Bhutan

Bhutan has made substantial progress in poverty reduction in recent years, with household poverty declining from 23 percent to 8 percent between 2007 and 2017. Nevertheless, malnutrition remains a major concern. The country is facing a triple burden with over a fifth of children under five stunted, a high prevalence of micronutrient deficiencies reflected in high rates of anemia and outbreaks of vitamin B deficiency, and a rapid increase in overweight and obesity. The triple burden of malnutrition poses a major obstacle to human capital development in Bhutan, and progress in addressing malnutrition has been uneven, with worse nutrition outcomes among households in rural areas and in lower wealth quintiles. To prevent all forms of malnutrition, all individuals need to be able to access and afford healthy, nutrient-dense and diverse diets, including the most vulnerable individuals such as children under 2 and pregnant and lactating women.