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Young children in sub-Saharan Africa are particularly vulnerable when households are food insecure – lack of sufficient energy, vitamins and minerals for good growth negatively affect their future as productive adults. Vitamin A is a key micronutrient for a strong immune system. Vitamin A deficiency (VAD) is caused by not eating enough vitamin A rich foods and loss of vitamin A due to illness. In the 1990s, the scientific community focused on the use of vitamin A supplements because the evidence that food-based approaches could reduce VAD was weak.

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