Despite strong economic growth during recent years, the disparity in wealth between urban and rural areas of Peru is growing. Rural families living in the highland regions of the Peruvian Andes, who rely on the cultivation of crops for their livelihoods, are particularly affected by poverty and food insecurity.
While malnutrition rates in Peru have dropped, chronic malnutrition in children persists: more than 30 per cent of all children under the age of five are chronically malnourished, and six in 10 children are anaemic. Anaemia is a major health challenge in Peru: the condition has long-term effects on brain development, which can lead to decreased learning capacity.
What we are doing
Our teams in Peru carry out a variety of food security programmes aimed at addressing child malnutrition and chronic micronutrient deficiencies. We are also working to strengthen government health systems and community-based organisations to improve information systems, promote breastfeeding, and strengthen commitments to biofortification and nutritional supplements for children under three years.
Furthermore, we are providing access to clean water and rebuilding irrigation systems to support livelihoods in vulnerable communities in rural Peru.