Panchsheel for Nutrition Security: Prof M S Swaminathan
Chennai, September 02, 2016: We are in the midst of the National Nutrition Week. The unacceptable level of malnutrition in our country is well known. Therefore, the challenge now lies in promoting a multipronged strategy for achieving malnutrition free India. In my view, there is need for a five pronged strategy consisting of the following components:
* Overcoming undernutrition through the effective implementation of the National Food Security Act 2013 on a life cycle approach
* Alleviation of protein hunger through greater production and consumption of pulses
* Ending hidden hunger through the introduction of biofortified crops in the crop rotation
* Ensuring food safety and quality through safe storage and appropriate post-harvest handling and processing
* Attention to non-food factors like clean drinking water, sanitation, primary healthcare and nutrition literacy.
Initiation of the above Panchsheel for achieving nutrition security will be an appropriate step during the National Nutrition Week.
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.