Bhubaneswar, 29th June, 2016 (OdishaLIVE Bureau): The Odisha State Food Commission in association with The Coalition for Food and Nutrition Security, a group of policy and program leaders committed to fostering collaboration and evidence based advocacy for improved programs to achieve sustainable food and nutrition security organized a policy seminar on “Sustainable Food and Nutrition Security”, today, at Regional Medical Research Centre (RMRC).

This Seminar brought together key policy makers from State and Centre, development partners and research professionals like Dr. Saba Mebrahtu, Mr. K B Singh, Mr. Dibyendu Sekhar Mishra, Dr. Ravi Narayan Das, Mr. Ranglal Jamuda, Mr. Sudarsan Das, Dr. Ramesh Chandra Panda, Dr. Basant Kumar Kar & Smt. Arati Ahuja.

The discussion focused on pathways for sustainable food and nutrition security and improving access to food and nutrition entitlements to demonstrate impact.  The seminar mainly aimed at preventing under nutrition in the first 1000 days and deliberating upon pathways, strategies and role of State Food Commission in this critical window of opportunity.

Dr. Saba Mebrahtu, Chief of Child Development and Nutrition Section at UNICEF in India, said, “The prevalence of stunting and wasting among children in Odisha is less than 5 years of age are 38.2% and 16% respectively. Stunting among the tribal children and other backward caste (OBC) children is 46.1% and 41.3% respectively. Anemia and micronutrient deficiency is all pervasive. Besides these high indicators the state is a pioneer in implementing National Food Security Act – 2013 and has established State Food Commission a state body to combat this situation and ensure ‘Food and Nutrition Security in Life Cycle Approach. ”

Mr. K B Singh, Director cum Addl. D.G.P. Vigilance, Odisha said, “Odisha as an eastern coast state of India is endowed with natural and human potential but has been reeling under poverty, malnutrition and hunger since ages. However, over the years, Odisha has shown remarkable progress in numerous development indicators.”

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