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

Why Fortified food is no magic bullet

Synopsis: Fortification of food is not a panacea to India’s problem of malnutrition. Fundamental causes of inadequate dietary intake need to be addressed instead. Background – Read this first: Food Fortification in India Note: Please proceed further only after going through the above article. The points already covered in the above article have not been… Continue reading Why Fortified food is no magic bullet

Biofortified food can lead India from food security to nutrition security

Source: Indian Express Relevance: Tackling malnutrition Synopsis: Using science to address the complex challenge of malnutrition, particularly for low-income and vulnerable sections of the society, can be a good intervention. Bio-fortification of food can come handy to address the issue of malnutrition in India along with other measures. Context The Prime Minister recently announced that,… Continue reading Biofortified food can lead India from food security to nutrition security

Don’t chase the mirage of iron-fortified rice

Source: Indian Express Relevance: about rice fortification programme Synopsis: Rice fortification programme might not be the answer to India’s food security and nutritional challenges. A push to a balanced and diverse diet is a far more superior strategy. Issues with the recently announced mandatory rice fortification programme. Background Read these articles in sequence PM announces… Continue reading Don’t chase the mirage of iron-fortified rice

Adding micronutrients to rice: how, why, and how much (On fortification)

Source: Indian Express What is the news? In his Independence Day speech, Indian PM announced the fortification of rice distributed under various government schemes, including the public distribution system (PDS) and midday meals in schools, by 2024. Background Read here: PM announces rice fortification plan to tackle malnutrition Must Read: Food Fortification of India – Explained… Continue reading Adding micronutrients to rice: how, why, and how much (On fortification)

Nutrition Security should be part of our covid response

Source: LiveMint Relevance: To study the nutritional status of India Synopsis: The nutrition scenario is not looking good in India. The pandemic has further worsened it. There is an urgent need for policymakers to focus on nutrition. Findings of India’s 2015-16 Health Survey: One in every three children in India is stunted. More than 50%… Continue reading Nutrition Security should be part of our covid response

Is grain fortification the only way to meet India’s nutritional challenge?

Source: Business Standard Relevance: Article throws a light on pros and cons of food fortification Synopsis: As the Centre presses ahead with its plan to distribute fortified rice through the public distribution system, in order to fight chronic anaemia and malnutrition, critics have raised questions on the strategy. Context In a recent reply in Parliament, the Centre… Continue reading Is grain fortification the only way to meet India’s nutritional challenge?

Expand food basket under PDS, says WHO scientist

Source: The Hindu What is the News? The World Health Organisation(WHO) chief scientist has attended a seminar titled “Ensuring food and nutrition security in the context of climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic”. Key Highlights from the Seminar: Expand Public Distribution System(PDS): Currently, the Public Distribution System(PDS) in India is taking care of food insecurity… Continue reading Expand food basket under PDS, says WHO scientist

India’s godowns are overflowing. So why are people starving?

Source: Indian Express, Down to Earth Relevance: Understand the challenges of food security in times of COVID Synopsis Undernourishment has been a global challenge over the last few decades. This has been further highlighted by the state of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI) report released by the UN. Findings of the SOFI… Continue reading India’s godowns are overflowing. So why are people starving?

Several trade-offs impede Zero Hunger goal. A UN report explains why, and how

Source: The Hindu Relevance: This article explains the recent report of the United Nations on achieving Zero Hunger Synopsis According to UN,  Achieving SDG2 of achieving ‘Zero Hunger’ will require new investments, smoothly functioning trade, and changes in consumption patterns. Introduction: The United Nations recently released a report ahead of the Food Systems Summit in September… Continue reading Several trade-offs impede Zero Hunger goal. A UN report explains why, and how