Over 200 Indian districts facing high malnutrition rates: Prof M S Swaminathan

On March 12, 2014, the 9th edition of India's most anticipated three-day Nutra India Summit 2014 took-off in Bangalore with a royal touch in the presence of Prof M S Swaminathan, founder, chairman & chief mentor, UNESCO chair in ecotechnology.


Prof M S Swaminathan (Photo Courtesy: www.voiceofbharat.org)

The summit was also joined by Shri Dinesh Gundu Rao, Hon'ble Minister of State for Food and Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department, Government of Karnataka.

Shining with the theme, ‘New Sutra for Nutra for Emerging Global Economics', the event is a flagship happening in the nutrition, nutraceuticals, functional foods & dietary supplements industry, organized by MM Activ Sci-Tech Communications and International Society for Nutraceuticals, Nutritionals and Naturals (ISNNaN) and supported by international associations like IUFoST and IFT.

In his exclusive presentation titled, ‘Nutraceutical Science and Achieving the Zero Hunger Challenge', Prof M S Swaminathan said, "Indian population is dependent on agriculture. According to UNICEF, 39% of the children are starved in South Asia."

"There are 200 districts in India alone which has very high malnutrition rates," he emphasized.

He further added, "There are three dimensions to hunger: Calorie deprivation, protein deficiency and micro-nutrients deficiency."


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