Nutritional Census 2023, marks important advances, based on the solid public policies of Food Security that Nicaragua enjoys.

The Food Security that Nicaragua enjoys, has managed to combat chronic and acute malnutrition. 

Actions aimed at food security have been key to making significant progress in reducing chronic and acute malnutrition in Nicaragua, which also has a strong productive vocation with public policies aimed at strengthening agriculture.

The achievements obtained based on the strengthening of Food Security are reflected in the figures of the Nutritional Census 2023, issued by the Ministry of Health of this country.

Malnutrition decreases in Nicaragua

The Census, carried out on 701,586 children under 6 years of age, reflects that, in terms of Chronic Malnutrition, between 2022 and 2023, there was a decrease of up to 8.2%; while Acute Malnutrition, in the same period, was reduced by 9.3%; and Overweight, in these ages, was reduced by 3.9%.

In addition, 724,220 children and adolescents between the ages of 6 to 14 years were weighed and measured, obtaining in the results an important reduction of 4.3% in Chronic Malnutrition, between 2022 and 2023; in this same period, Acute Malnutrition was reduced by 13%; and Overweight was reduced by 7.8%.

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A report issued on June 5, 2023, by the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit of the Central American country, shows that «Nicaragua is one of the few countries that has an ample stock for Food Security; that is to say that 90% of the food products consumed in the country, come from National Production».

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Analyses show that, in relation to 2006, Nicaragua’s production has grown up to 103% in 2023, which has been possible due to the vocation of rural producers and the successful productive policies implemented by the president of that nation, Daniel Ortega Saavedra.