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Worrying nutrition results in Cambodia

Worrying nutrition results

The 2010 Cambodia Demographic and Health Survey (CDHS) findings show disappointing trends in the nutritional status of children. Evidence from three national sample surveys in 2008, 2009 and 2010 show that progress on underweight and stunting has stagnated, while wasting has increased, exceeding the 10 per cent threshold, particularly among the urban poor. A number of trends since the recent economic-financial-fuel-food crises appear to have worsened the position of the poorest and most vulnerable people. Since the last quarter of 2009, rice prices in real terms  in Cambodia have been 30 to 45 per cent higher than pre-crisis levels of January 2007, while real wages appear to have deteriorated between 2007 and 2009.

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