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Ignore Rural Anger at Your Own Peril -V Rajagopal

twithstanding the vote shares. What caused the voters to opt either for the opposition party or to prefer NOTA that embarrassed the incumbent BJP government? An analysis of the hunger index and malnutrition indicators in Gujarat clearly shows that the rural areas of Kutch, Saurashtra, Panchmahal and the tribal areas between Surat and Nandurba (Maharashtra) have the highest incidence of hunger and malnutrition More »

Introducing ragi in the PDS is fraught with challenges -Mamata Pradhan and Devesh Roy

nt has announced a procurement price much higher than the market price and introduced bonuses. With interventions on the sides of both production as well as consumption, the objectives are to improve nutrition and increase the climate-resilience of agriculture since ragi is a drought-resistant crop and to improve returns for the farmer. In theory, if ragi were to displace water guzzlers such as sugarcane and paddy, it should help fight climate chan

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Millets make their presence felt on mid-day meal plates

nsidered as smart foods, are being introduced in the mid-day meal schemes in Karnataka and Telangana by the The Akshaya Patra Foundation (TAPF) on a pilot basis. The move is aimed at enhancing the nutritional intake of the students of the government and aided schools, besides benefiting the growers. Students to benefit On Friday, TAPF launched a pilot project in Bengaluru in partnership with the Karnataka government and The International Crop

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2 lakh malnourished kids in UP: NHRC asks state govt for action-taken report -Priyangi Agarwal

-The Times of India BAREILLY (U.P.): After a Bareilly-based activist filed a complaint with National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) that there are nearly 2 lakh malnutrition children in the state and the government is not taking appropriate steps in the matter, the commission has directed UP chief secretary to take appropriate action in the matter and submit an action-taken report in four weeks. Rajesh Chaudhary, a Bareilly-based activist, had

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T.N. children are severely malnourished, says report -Vidya Venkat

-The Hindu Experts fault anaemia among women in child-bearing age and poor sanitation Chennai: Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) is high among under-5 children at 8% in Tamil Nadu, according to the National Family Health Survey-4 (NFHS-4) data released in 2017. Defined by a very low weight-for-height and by visible severe wasting, or by the presence of nutritional oedema (swelling of feet, for exam

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi to launch nutrition mission -Syed Intishab Ali

-The Times of India JAIPUR: To reduce the level of stunting, undernutrition, anemia and low birth weight in babies, the Centre has included 24 districts of Rajasthan in the first phase of National nutrition Mission (NMM), which is expected to be launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Jhunjhunu on January 22. In the first phase, 315 districts from different states will be taken up. In the second

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Civil society activists allege another hunger death in Jharkhand due to failure of aadhaar-based biometric authentication

d with her son Ghura Vishwakarma, daughter-in-law Usha Devi and their three children in a dilapidated kutcha house. The family has a hand-to-mouth existence and is routinely unable to access adequate nutrition. Surviving the day on only a meal of rice and salt is not uncommon for it. The shortage of food worsened for Etwariya Devi when the family was denied ration from October to December 2017 and she did not get her pension for the months of November

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In 10 Graphs, the Worrying State of Public Health and Malnutrition in Maharashtra -Niranjan Nampoothiri

nts in a hospital in a month, and a protest by anganwadi workers, all in one year. These disconcerting trends can be combated with the use of a budget that gives greater priority to public health and nutrition. Not giving priority keeps it from achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 2 and 3 targets such as universal health access, increasing health financing and removal of malnourishment among others. The indicators used below highlight ways

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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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Non-communicable diseases emerge as the biggest killer, says new health report

entury, a recent report points out that ‘non-communicable diseases’ (NCDs) now account for a larger proportion of total deaths vis-à-vis ‘communicable, maternal, neonatal and nutritional disease' (CMNNDs). The report entitled India: Health of the Nation’s States - The India State-Level Disease Burden Initiative, which has been prepared after two years of intense collaborative research work, shows that NCDs including

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