In Mamadou’s village, like in many places around the world, mothers bear the overwhelming burden of ensuring their children have the food they need to survive and thrive.
When UNICEF teams visited however, this outgoing teacher and father of seven children was immediately convinced that if the fight against chronic malnutrition was to be won, men had to step up and play their part.
"I am a native of the village of Djinga. It is a small Peulh village located in the Gorgol region [of Mauritania]," says Mamoudou.
"For a long time, our children
suffered from malnutrition."
"For a long time, our children suffered from malnutrition. Here, we have no electricity and the nearest market is more than 20 kilometres away, so our food is not very diverse. We mainly consume what we produce in neighbouring fields."