Returning to work following the December break, my colleagues at the Zero-Stunting Initiative and I, began to share stories of how our families view the work we are doing to tackle widespread and chronic undernutrition in SA. Stunted children are short-for-age because they don’t get enough of the right foods, and this affects their ability to learn. When one colleague mentioned that her aunt had asked, “Will Africa ever catch up?”, the room fell silent. We could only respond with a sad “mmmmhhuuu.” Will Africa, will South Africa ever have solutions to address major obstacles to learning?

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