In Sri Lanka, as in the rest of South Asia, improving agricultural production has long been a priority to achieve food security. But growing more crops has hardly lessened the plight of malnutrition. Chronic malnutrition remains prevalent across the region as many poor South Asians cannot afford nutritious foods or don’t have the relevant information or education to make smart dietary choices.
And children and the poorest are particularly at risk. South Asia is home to about 62 million of the world’s 155 million children considered as stunted—or too short for their age. And more than half of the world’s 52 million children identified as wasted—or too thin for their height—live in South Asia.
Moderate-to-severe stunting rates ranged from 17 percent in Sri Lanka in 2016 to a high 45 percent in Pakistan in 2012-13, with rates above 30 percent for most countries in the region.
Moderate-to-severe wasting rates ranged from 2 percent in Bhutan in 2015 to 21 percent in India in 2015–16... — blog.wb.org/blogs