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Nov 18, 2019

Government announces Bharatiya Poshan Krishi Kosh for better nutritional outcomes

Union Government on Monday announced Bharatiya Poshan Krishi Kosh which is a repository of diverse crops across 128 agro-climatic zones for better nutritional outcomes. The Kosh aims at reducing malnutrition through a multi-sectoral results-based framework, including agriculture, among women and children across the country.  

Speaking at a function in New Delhi, Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Zubin Irani stressed the need for convergence between agriculture and nutrition to address the challenge of malnutrition. She said, government has done commendable job to address the challenges of malnutrition, availability of drinking water and sanitation. She said, with high focus on toilet construction and menstrual hygiene, government is providing health security to women and children.

Delivering the special address, noted philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said, not only India, but the whole world is facing the challenge of malnutrition. He said, in many cases, deaths of children below five is result of malnutrition. Lauding India's efforts to tackle malnutrition, Mr Gates said, not many countries are talking about addressing this challenge. He said, National Nutrition Mission in India has brought a new energy needed to eliminate the Malnutrition.

Through a video message, Father of Green Revolution in the country, Dr M S Swaminathan underscored the five-point action plan to make India nutrition secure. The five points include, ensuring calorie-rich diet to women and children, ensuring high protein diet, eradication of hidden hunger by deficiency of micro- nutrients, ensuring clean drinking water supply and spreading nutrition literacy across the country.

Ministry of Women and Child Development has collaborated with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for this project. The Bharatiya Poshan Krishi Kosh seeks to promote healthy dietary practices and tackle under-nutrition in a sustainable manner. The initiative will be built on an essential understanding of social, behavioural and cultural practices that promote and reinforce healthy dietary behaviours both at the individual and community level. 

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