Moving from the Hunger and Malnutrition trap: Prof M S Swaminathan
August 02, 2017: Tamil Nadu leads in the Universal Public Distribution System. I am happy that Tamil Nadu has decided to continue the Universal Public Distribution System in order to insulate the population from hunger and malnutrition. The Food Security Act of 2013 provides for targeted public distribution system. The advantage of the universal PDS is that it fosters the culture of taking advantage of subsidised food only if necessary. Those who are well-to-do can buy commodities at market prices. It is also important that the Tamil Nadu system adopts the following principles.
Lifelong approach and support with special emphasis on women and first thousand days of children
Enlarged food basket including millets, sorghum, bajra and other food grains
Moving from food security to nutrition security in order to ensure balanced diets
If all the above steps are taken, India could soon come out of the hunger and malnutrition trap.
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.