Nepal: Nutrition Profile

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

    Flag of Nepal

  • Population

    29 Million

  • Pop. Under 5

    2.8 Million

  • % Stunting

    36% Of Children Under 5

  • % Underweight

    27% Of Children Under 5

Photo credit: Fintrac Inc.

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, since around 1 million children under 5 years (36 percent) suffer from chronic malnutrition (stunting or low height-for-age) and 10 percent suffer from acute malnutrition (wasting or low weight-for-height).

USAID Programs: Accelerating Progress in Nutrition

As of January 2018, the following USAID programs 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.

  • Global Food Security Strategy (GFSS)
  • Knowledge-Based Integrated Sustainable Agriculture in Nepal (KISAN) II Project
  • Suaahara II-Integrated Nutrition Program (Good Nutrition)
  • Feed the Future Nutrition Innovation Lab
  • Food for Peace Promoting Agriculture, Health, and Alternative Livelihoods (PAHAL)
  • Food for Peace Sustainable Action for Resilience and Food Security (SABAL)
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for the Reduction of Post-Harvest Loss


For more information, read the Nepal country profile [PDF, 242KB].