Nepal: Nutrition Profile

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Photo of Sapana Bhattarai, a farmer in Nepal, spraying a hose.
  • Nepal

    Flag of Nepal

  • Population

    29.2 Million

  • Pop. Under 5

    2.8 Million

  • % Stunting

    36% Of Children Under 5

  • % Wasting

    10% Of Children Under 5

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Malnutrition in childhood and pregnancy has many adverse consequences for child survival and long-term well-being. It also has far-reaching consequences for human capital, economic productivity, and national development overall. The consequences of malnutrition are a significant concern for the Government of Nepal (GON), since an estimated 36 percent of children under five years are stunted (have low height-for-age) and 10 percent are acutely malnourished or wasted (have low weight-for-height) (MOH, New ERA, and ICF 2017).

USAID Programs: Accelerating Progress in Nutrition

As of April 2020, the USAID programs below, with a focus on nutrition, were active in Nepal. The U.S. Government selected Nepal as one of 12 Feed the Future target countries for focused investment under the new U.S. Government Global Food Security Strategy (GFSS).

  • Knowledge-Based Integrated Sustainable Agriculture in Nepal (KISAN) II Project
  • Nepal Seed and Fertilizer (NSAF) Project
  • Suaahara II-Integrated Nutrition Program (Good Nutrition)


For more information, read the Nepal country profile [PDF, 178KB].

Last updated: August 20, 2021

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