27 February, 2021

Let Them Eat Fruit

A school-farming initiative has drastically reduced malnutrition in Mizoram

Let Them Eat Fruit

India has the most malnourished children in the world. Around 45 per cent of deaths amongst children under the age of five are linked to lack of proper nutrition. Thus, the possibility of achieving the UN’s sustainable development goals at a global level depends largely on India’s progress.

The economic, social and medical impacts of malnutrition are dire and lasting. There is no reason why India, despite being one of the fastest growing economies, still has stunted children. The government has initiated many schemes and policies to ­reduce hunger and malnutrition in the country, mostly amongst women and children. Poshan Abhiyaan, one of the many interventions to fight malnourishment, provides the right push to end this scourge.

The first 1,000 days of children’s lives (up to the age of two, including nine months in the womb) are the most crucial. If they do not get the right diet, their health and learning ability suffer. They will be less likely to achieve their potential, making the country’s demographic dividend a liability. The...

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