Funds for malnutrition scheme under-utilised: data

What is the News? The Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) has released data on the progress of the Poshan Abhiyan Scheme. What does the data say on Poshan Abhiyan? The funds released under the Poshan Abhiyan Programme which is aimed at curbing malnutrition in the country stand severely under-utilised. Out of the 36… Continue reading Funds for malnutrition scheme under-utilised: data

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

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

NITI Aayog, in a joint effort with IFPRI, IIPS, UNICEF and IEG launch ‘The State Nutrition Profiles” for 19 States and Union Territories

What is the news? NITI Aayog, in a joint effort with International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the Indian Institute of Population Sciences (IIPS), UNICEF and the Institute of Economic Growth (IEG) has launched ‘The State Nutrition Profiles’ for 19 States and Union Territories. About the ‘State Nutrition Profiles’ (SNPs) The SNPs give insights on… Continue reading NITI Aayog, in a joint effort with IFPRI, IIPS, UNICEF and IEG launch ‘The State Nutrition Profiles” for 19 States and Union Territories

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

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

Dramatic changes needed in global food systems to address nutrition disparity, poverty: IFAD

What is the news?  Recently, United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) published report  “Transforming Food Systems for Rural Prosperity”. As per the report, our global food system need revolution. Transforming global food systems to become more inclusive, fair and sustainable is a challenging task. But, with concrete actions taken by the policymakers, this is possible.  What are the… Continue reading Dramatic changes needed in global food systems to address nutrition disparity, poverty: IFAD

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

Climate change impacts food and nutritional security — Earth needs regenerative farming

Synopsis: Climate change is a major threat to food production globally and vital steps need to be taken to mitigate it. Does climate change impact food production and nutrition? Yes. It has very significant impacts on these. Findings of the 2019 IPCC panel on climate change’s special report on land showed how climate change was… Continue reading Climate change impacts food and nutritional security — Earth needs regenerative farming

Millets could help India mitigate malnutrition and climate change

Synopsis: India should incentivize the production of millets to enhance food security and score gains on climate resilience. Introduction In 2021, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution declaring 2023 the International Year of Millets. It was proposed by India to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). How are millets significant for India? Environmental… Continue reading Millets could help India mitigate malnutrition and climate change

To tackle nutrition challenges, we must also address sanitation issues

Synopsis: Understand how the interplay of food and hygiene are important for complete nutrition. Introduction Of all the problems confronting the youth, nutritional insecurity is the worst. It has the power to cripple the future of an entire generation. Numerous reports have pointed to the dismal state of nutritional status of the children in India.… Continue reading To tackle nutrition challenges, we must also address sanitation issues

Indian Railways’ Chandigarh Railway Station awarded 5-Star ‘Eat Right Station’ certification by FSSAI

What is the news? Indian Railways’ Chandigarh Railway Station has been awarded a 5- star ‘Eat Right Station’ certification for providing high-quality, nutritious food to passengers. This certification is granted by FSSAI to railway stations adhering to standard food storage and hygiene practices. About ‘Eat Right Station’ program The ‘Eat Right Station’ certification is awarded… Continue reading Indian Railways’ Chandigarh Railway Station awarded 5-Star ‘Eat Right Station’ certification by FSSAI

How private businesses imperil our health as well as prosperity

Source: This post is based on the article “How private businesses imperil our health as well as prosperity” published in Livemint on 31st August 2021.  Relevance: Corporate Responsibilities, Indian Industries and growth. Synopsis: Private sector receives so much from the government such as tax breaks and subsidies but offers very less in return to the citizens of… Continue reading How private businesses imperil our health as well as prosperity

Union Home Minister launches nutritious ‘Laddu Distribution Scheme’ for pregnant women in his Parliamentary constituency Gandhinagar

Source: This post is based on the Article “Union Home Minister launches nutritious ‘Laddu Distribution Scheme’ for pregnant women in his Parliamentary constituency Gandhinagar” published in “PIB” on 30th August 2021. What is the News? Union Home Minister has launched a nutritious “Laddu Distribution Scheme” for pregnant women in his parliamentary constituency, Gandhinagar. What is Laddu… Continue reading Union Home Minister launches nutritious ‘Laddu Distribution Scheme’ for pregnant women in his Parliamentary constituency Gandhinagar

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)

Five-point action plan to make India nutrition secure: M. S. Swaminathan

News: At the launch programme of Bharatiya Poshan Krishi Kosh (BPKK), eminent agricultural scientist, Dr. M. S. Swaminathan has put forward a Five-point action plan which needs to be implemented to make India nutrition secure. Facts: Five –point Action Plan: Ensure calorie rich diet for women, expectant mothers and children Ensure intake of proteins in… Continue reading Five-point action plan to make India nutrition secure: M. S. Swaminathan