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With an aim to bring nutrition to the centre-stage of the National Development Agenda, the NITI Aayog on Tuesday launched the National Nutrition Strategy, in New Delhi.
Launching the National Nutrition Strategy, the NITI Aayog called for renewed focus on nutrition. Formulated through an extensive consultative process, the Strategy lays down a roadmap for effective action, among both implementers and practitioners, in achieving our nutrition objectives.
Leader of the Green Revolution M.S Swaminathan and H Sudarshan launched the National Nutrition Strategy, along with Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar and Member Vinod Paul.
The recently published NFHS-4 results reflect some progress, with a decline in the overall levels of under nutrition in both women and children.
However, the pace of decline is far below what numerous countries with similar growth trajectories to India have achieved.
Moreover, India pays an income penalty of 9% to 10% due to a workforce that was stunted during their childhood.
To address this, NITI Aayog has drafted the National Nutrition Strategy.
The nutrition strategy envisages a framework wherein the four proximate determinants of nutrition – uptake of health services, food, drinking water & sanitation and income & livelihoods – work togetherto accelerate decline of under nutrition in India.
Currently, there is also a lack of real time measurement of these determinants, which reduces our capacity for targeted action among the most vulnerable mothers and children.
Supply side challenges often overshadow the need to address behavioural change efforts to generate demand for nutrition services. This strategy, therefore, gives prominence to demand and community mobilisation as a key determinant to address India's nutritional needs.