Nutrition and Disability


Today is 3 December, International Day of Persons with Disabilities. 

The ability to access food is essential to life and health. With regards to food access, people with disabilities are still among the most marginalized and incur extra costs to get produce. With regards to agriculture, they are less likely to participate in agriculture due to physical limitations thereby making their food access difficult. Access to sufficient nutritious food is often an issue of concern to families having a member with disabilities because of poverty and unequal distribution of resources within the household. Access to nutritious food for women with disabilities and their children is consistently overlooked in both the nutrition and disability sectors, placing those women and children at increased risk of malnutrition. Collaboration between agriculture and disability agendas is critical to tackling malnutrition and food access. As we celebrate today's International Day of Persons with Disabilities, let us not forget their nutrition and food access.