Hunger isn’t about biology. It’s about politics

News: In the absence of an organized food security net and political commitment, India is being crippled by the challenge of pervasive hunger and malnourishment James Vernon in his book Hunger: A modern history wrote that hunger is a timeless and inescapable biological condition. While he was right, the real problem was captured by Karl… Continue reading Hunger isn’t about biology. It’s about politics

75 Nutrition smart villages will strengthen India’s campaign against malnutrition

What is the news? As part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, Government of India has said that a programme on “Nutrition Smart Village” will be initiated to strengthen the Poshan Abhiyan.  Note: According to Welthungerhilfe, Nutrition Smart Village is an informed village that understands ‘nutrition’ in its practical terms and takes appropriate steps to address… Continue reading 75 Nutrition smart villages will strengthen India’s campaign against malnutrition

Towards zero hunger

Synopsis: Food programmes must focus on nutrition Introduction The Global Hunger Index (GHI) 2021 places India at a lowly 101st position among 116 countries, below many of its smaller neighbors like Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal. The Global Food Security Index (FSI) 2021 puts it in a marginally better position. It ranks India 71st among 113… Continue reading Towards zero hunger

Global Hunger Index and India’s stand – Explained, pointwise

For 7PM Editorial Archives click HERE → Introduction Recently, the Global Hunger Index 2021 was released. The data for the index is sourced from FAO, the Joint database of UNICEF, WHO, World Bank and others. India has slipped seven places to rank 101 among 116 countries. Even the index showed India is improving its absolute score, its rank… Continue reading Global Hunger Index and India’s stand – Explained, pointwise

Use the latest research to combat child under-nutrition

Synopsis: Better child health policies are required to improve the malnutrition status of children. Introduction Children are future assets for any nation. Thus, it is important to take care of their development. In India, where several children are malnourished, it is important to study the research carefully and then frame the policies according to that.… Continue reading Use the latest research to combat child under-nutrition

Reimagining food systems with lessons from India

Synopsis: Given the worsening situation of global hunger, ensuring food security is the need of the hour. Introduction The first United Nations Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) 2021 was held in September 2021. It was conceived in 2019 by UN Secretary-General António Guterres to find solutions to transform the way the world produces, consumes, and thinks… Continue reading Reimagining food systems with lessons from India

High levels of maternal, child under nutrition continue to plague India

Synopsis: Covid has heightened the risk of increasing malnutrition. Parts of progress made in the past may also get reversed because of Covid. Introduction The article highlights the concerns of the head of nutrition, UNICEF India. He raised his concerns over women and children nutrition levels, especially during covid times. What is the status of… Continue reading High levels of maternal, child under nutrition continue to plague India

Cabinet approves Continuation/Modifications of Centrally Sponsored National Scheme for PM POSHAN in School For five more years

What is the News? The Union Cabinet has approved the continuation of the ‘National Scheme for PM POSHAN in Schools’ for five years from 2021-22 to 2025-26. What is the National Scheme for PM POSHAN in Schools? This scheme will replace the existing national programme for mid-day meals in schools or Mid-day Meal Scheme. Aim… Continue reading Cabinet approves Continuation/Modifications of Centrally Sponsored National Scheme for PM POSHAN in School For five more years

United Nations Food Systems Summit: Need to transform food systems, say experts 

What is the news?  Recently, United Nations Food System Summit took place in New York. In this summit, leaders emphasized that there is a need to achieve the United Nations-mandated Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) by 2030 and address climate change in view of food production.  We must urgently move from incremental and siloed action towards a systems approach.… Continue reading United Nations Food Systems Summit: Need to transform food systems, say experts 

How Poshan vatikas can help bridge the nutrition

Synopsis: Self-reliance and the adoption of sustainable food systems to address nutrition security amongst women and children is needed to address the tackle the challenge of nutrition. Introduction In the backdrop of Poshan Maah in September 2021, the Ministry of Women and Child Development is keen to promote the establishment of “Poshan Vatikas” across the… Continue reading How Poshan vatikas can help bridge the nutrition