Malnutrition and Brain Development: Prof M S Swaminathan
July 25, 2017: Based on studies in Bangladesh, Nature (13 July 2017) carries a very important article on how poverty affects the brain. For no fault of its own, the malnourished child is exposed to impaired cognitive abilities right from the early years of life. This is another reason why overcoming hunger and malnutrition should be given the highest priority. In this connection, pleading for the use of biofortified crops, I had warned in 1964 that we will face extensive intellectual dwarfism if we do not attend to the need of balanced nutrition of the child. I hope the recent studies which support the views I had expressed over 50 years ago will accelerate public and political action in promoting a hunger free India.
M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) established in 1988 is a not-for-profit trust. MSSRF was envisioned and founded by Professor M S Swaminathan, agriculture scientist with proceeds from the First World Food Prize that he received in 1987.