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The malaise of malnutrition -Thomas Abraham

-The Hindu India needs to double yearly rate of fall in stunting cases to achieve its 2022 target A new report, ‘Food and Nutrition Security Analysis, India, 2019’, authored by the Government of India and the United Nations World Food Programme, paints a picture of hunger and malnutrition amongst children in large pockets of India. This punctures the image of a nation marching towards prosperity. It raises moral and ethical questio

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

efforts to control malnutrition Almost one in three Indian children under five years will still be stunted by 2022 going by current trends, according to an analysis of the country’s food and Nutrition Security released on Tuesday. Over the last decade, child stunting — which is a measure of chronic malnutrition — has reduced at a rate of about 1% per year, the slowest decline among emerging economies. At this rate, 31.4% of childr

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MS Swaminathan, father of Green Revolution, interviewed by Jitheesh PM & Jipson John (

utrient rich-food availability for all. What is its importance in country like India where the world’s largest numbers of hungry people live? I’ve always believed we should go for food Nutrition Security.  I added a sentence in the Bill. There are three aspects of food security in the Bill. One is adequate availability of food, which is a function of production; then adequate consumption, which is function of cost of living; and th

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India must shift focus from food to Nutrition Security: IFPRI chief -TV Jayan

m the double burden of malnutrition, as well as over nutrition. New Delhi: If India has to contain high levels of hunger and poverty in the country, it should shift its focus from food security to Nutrition Security, as done by Thailand and Bangladesh, said Shenggen Fan, Director General of the Washington-based International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). “India has two good examples to follow from its neighbourhood: Thailand and

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Hunger deaths have skyrocketed after aadhaar-based authentication came into force, allege Right to Food activists

e with the Right to Food Campaign ( – a decentralised network of civil society activists and experts who are working together voluntarily for ensuring food and Nutrition Security – which shows that 56 persons died between May, 2015 and March, 2018 on account of hunger and starvation despite India having passed the National Food Security Act (NFSA) in 2013. The RTF campaign has compiled the list of hunger d

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An unequal platter -Soumitra Ghosh & Sarika Varekar

e (36%) has remained static in the last 10 years. This is worse than in some of the world’s poorest countries — Bangladesh (33%), Afghanistan (25%) or Mozambique (15%). This level of poor Nutrition Security disproportionately affects the poorest segment of the population. According to NFHS 2015-16, every second tribal child suffers from growth restricting malnutrition due to chronic hunger. In 2005, child malnutrition claimed as many as

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Millet Mission to promote nutrient-rich cereals; Rs. 800-crore outlay on the cards -Vishwanath Kulkarni

cally sustainable. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is expected to make an announcement in the forthcoming Budget on the provision for the Millet Mission, under the National Food Security Mission. Nutrition Security The proposed mission, apart from aiming to boost supplies of these nutri-cereals, is expected to help address the issue of Nutrition Security. It will be implemented in at least 16 of the

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How PDS can be made effective through better governance -Anjani Kumar and Seema Bathla

-The Financial Express The Odisha experience shows that PDS can play a pivotal role in bringing convergence and making India’s two important missions—food and Nutrition Security—successful in a short time. New Delhi: India’s public distribution system (PDS) is the largest food security programme in the world, which covers nearly 60% of the population and costs Rs 1.45 trillion—close to 1.4% of the national income.

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CGSCSC distribution module gets implemented at 120 warehouses

ood, Civil Supply and Consumer Protection Minister Punnulal Mohle said that  the State government has also made a provision of Rs 4,700 crore for implementation of ‘Chief Minister Food and Nutrition Security scheme’ in the State budget 2015-16. The Government had made a provision of Rs 1.75 crore in the form of extension of ‘Core PDS’ for its ‘Meri Marzi Scheme.’  Chhattisgarh’s Public Distribu

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Shyam Khadka, India's representative at the FAO of the United Nations, interviewed by Sayantan Bera (

119 developing countries. The naked hunger that we used to see 25 years ago in tribal areas... we need to admit, is no longer there, food intake has gone up. Now converting that food security into Nutrition Security is a challenge and several factors like education and sanitation play a role there. For instance, a large part of the child stunting problem is due to diarrhoea. Also, India should expand the food basket under the (subsidized) public di

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