India’s government launched the National Nutrition Mission with a budget of US$1.4 billion over three years to coordinate nutrition-related interventions across ministries. The Mission aims to reduce stunting, undernutrition, anemia and low birth weight by 2 percent per year for three years. Serving as a convergence mechanism, the Mission will link numerous nutrition programs that directly and indirectly address the nutrition status of children, pregnant women, and lactating mothers to accelerate progress in reducing the country’s high malnutrition levels.
Additional highlights from this week’s Compact2025 News in Brief include:
- The 2017 FAO Regional overview of food security and nutrition in Near East and North Africa concludes that conflict is the major driver of food insecurity in the region.
- Study finds social protection increases not only the quantity and quality of food consumed by beneficiaries but also asset holdings, including livestock and savings.
- A new project in Bangladesh produces and disseminates low-cost videos featuring local women discussing the benefits of healthy meals using indigenous foods.