The agroclimatic characteristics of some areas of the planet with lower technological development lead to seasonal fluctuations in food production and food availability, labor demand, and incidence of disease that affect the nutritional status of rural populations. Such cyclical stress has a negative impact on the well being, productivity, and potential for development in individuals with a pre-existing marginal nutrition. Approximately 400 million adults and 500 million children in the world may be affected.
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