Nutrition through biofortification

Synopsis: Malnutrition is a serious problem for India. Biofortification can help us address it Introduction Malnutrition is still rampant in India despite it being the world’s top or second-largest producer of most food items, such as staple cereals, pulses, fruit, vegetables, and milk. Biofortification can be a helpful tool in alleviating this problem. What is… Continue reading Nutrition through biofortification

Union Agriculture Minister launches National Food and Nutrition Campaign for farmers

Source: PIB What is the News? The Union Minister for Agriculture has launched the National Food and Nutrition Campaign for the farmers. About National Food and Nutrition Campaign for the farmers: Organized by: Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) Objectives of the campaign: To make agriculture and farmers connected with new technology To expertise in… Continue reading Union Agriculture Minister launches National Food and Nutrition Campaign for farmers

NCL, Ministry of Coal initiates Massive Campaign against Malnutrition as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav Celebrations

Source: PIB What is the News? Northern Coalfields Limited (NCL), a Miniratna company under the Ministry of Coal has launched Project Bachpan as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav Celebrations About Project Bachpan: Project Bachpan was launched based on the MoU signed between Northern Coalfields Limited (NCL) and Singrauli District Administration, Madhya Pradesh. Aim: The… Continue reading NCL, Ministry of Coal initiates Massive Campaign against Malnutrition as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav Celebrations

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

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?

State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2021 report

Source: Down to Earth What is the news? Key findings of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)’s latest State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2021 report The FAO report has quoted a study done in 63 low- and middle-income countries covering a population of 3.5 billion on changes in the income of people. It… Continue reading State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2021 report

Poshan Abhiyaan targets are aspirational: Study

News: India State-Level Disease Burden Initiative has released a report titled Global Burden of Disease Study 1990-2017. Facts: About India State-Level Disease Burden Initiative: It is a joint initiative of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Public Health Foundation of India, and Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation in collaboration with the Ministry of… Continue reading Poshan Abhiyaan targets are aspirational: Study

West Bengal and Odisha yet to implement BJP-led government’s Poshan Abhiyaan

The ministry of women and child development has informed the Parliament that all states except West Bengal and Odisha are implementing the National Nutrition Mission(NNM), also called Poshan Abhiyaan. The minister also said that states such as Goa and Karnataka have not utilised any of the funds released so far under NNM. Further,the National Family… Continue reading West Bengal and Odisha yet to implement BJP-led government’s Poshan Abhiyaan

31.4% of Indian children will be stunted by 2022: report

According to a report prepared by the UN World Food Programme in collaboration with the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, going by the current trends, 31.4% under five years will still be stunted by 2022. The report has noted that food grain yields in India have risen 33% over the last 20 years, but… Continue reading 31.4% of Indian children will be stunted by 2022: report