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The Egg Debate Boils Over -- Will Governments Stop Playing With Children's Food? -Swati Narayan

o provide eggs to children in schools. Influenced by saffronised vegetarian lobbies, four years ago, Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan too had banned eggs in anganwadis despite high Malnutrition. In Jharkhand, one of the few tribal-dominated BJP-ruled states to serve eggs, last month in an unusual open-air picnic cabinet meeting, the chief minister, without any consultations, decided to reduce the number of eggs from three to two

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Everyone is afraid of data -Sonalde Desai

d above, suppression of the report, coupled with leaked data encouraged speculation by The Economist (July 2015) that the data were being suppressed because Gujarat must have fared poorly on reducing Malnutrition. It stated that Bihar had made much greater progress since the proportion of children who go hungry had been cut from 56% to 37% between 2005-6 and 2012-13, while the decline was much smaller in Gujarat, from 44.6% to 33.5%. Fourth, someti

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There's a hole in the data -Kiran Bhatty & Dipa Sinha

nnual cycle and policy pronouncements are not dovetailed to the years for which data is available. This raises important questions about the basis on which policies and plans are made. In the case of Malnutrition, which is a problem needing urgent solutions, there was no independent data telling us what the trends are for a long time — the National Family Health Survey (NFHS-4) report came out in 2017 after a gap of over 10 years (NFHS-3 was in

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Healthy diet matters -Shenggen Fan

-The Hindu Business Line Helps combat Malnutrition and climate change The global food system faces major challenges and trends related to rapid urbanisation, changing diets, climate change, political uncertainties, and anti-globalisation sentiments. At the same time, there has been growing recognition that, in addition to addressing multiple burdens of Malnutrition, there is an increasing need to se

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As India rethinks labour rules, one item not on the agenda: Childcare facilities for women workers -Mirai Chatterjee Full-day, quality childcare can make a crucial difference in India’s fight against Malnutrition, and can possibly enhance incomes of working women. Savitaben is a tobacco worker in Rasnol village, Gujarat. She has two young children under five years of age, and every morning she leaves them in a crèche run by the Self-Employed Women’s Association or SEWA, a trade union of over 15 lakh poor, self-employed women wor

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Forgotten again: 3 kids starve to death, fury gives way to apathy -Somreet Bhattacharya

uller. While police are still trying to trace the father, Mangal, the mother, Beena, returned to her village in West Bengal a few months later. The final inquiry into the deaths identified extreme Malnutrition as the cause. Neighbours said the children would crawl out of their room to defecate or vomit in the last few days of their lives as they were too weak to go to the toilet. Their mother too would lie down through the day. Mangal used to ru

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Young and wasted -TK Rajalakshmi The 2018 Global Nutrition Report points to the link between income and Malnutrition but falls short of examining critical factors such as enhanced public spending that determine the levels of hunger and nutrition. In 2017, fewer than one in five children, six to 24 months of age, in the world ate a minimally accepted diet. More than half of them in the same age group did not get the recommended number of meals, and only two-third

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How reviving traditional farming helped Kerala tribal communities become healthy -Sandeep Vellaram

rs ago, officials of the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary at Idukki in Kerala conducted a medical camp for the tribal natives residing in the sanctuary. While the officials were expecting to see widespread Malnutrition and related ailments, the final results of the camp, they say, left them saddened and in pain. Many residents were not just afflicted with diseases like anaemia and goitre, there was also a high prevalence of non-communicable diseases like hi

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The political economy of the persistent agrarian crisis -Himanshu

h trend visible in international markets. Arguments suggesting that price decline is due to surplus production are not just simplistic but are also naïve in a country where starvation deaths and Malnutrition continue to make headlines. While there are a combination of factors, including unnecessary imports, market restrictions and oversupply in some commodities, it is also a result of severe demand deflation in the economy, particularly the rural

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