System of Promoting Appropriate National Dynamism
for Agriculture and Nutrition


Nutrition Security for India–Issues and Way Forward

Publisher: INSA

Several programmes, missions and acts including a National Nutrition Policy (1993), National Nutrition Plan of Action (1995) and National Nutrition Mission (2001), have been formulated with scientific and technological underpinning. But they have yet to achieve nutrition goals. Some of the reasons are: 1. Nutrition is a poor cousin even in health and agriculture planning and execution; 2. Nutrition improvement is not a stated goal with measurable parameters for monitoring, in missions like National Food Security Mission, National Horticulture Mission and National Rural Health Mission, leave aside others aimed at income, sanitation and drinking water; 3. Top-down approach without sensitising the community and making them partners in planning and execution; 4. Poor targeting, accountability, and governance; 5. Inadequate importance to nutrition in school, college and even professional (health, agriculture, social science) education; 6. Neglect of women and children’s health and education. 7. Vertical programmes with poor convergence and synergy between functioning of ministries and departments.

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