Experts discuss need for innovation in nutrition interventions

23 October 2020 | News

Amway India celebrates World Food Day with a national conference in partnership with PHDCCI and Mamta HIMC Image credit- shutterstock.com Image credit- shutterstock.com

Leveraging its global experience in nutrition and wellness, Amway India recently commemorated World Food Day through a unique virtual conference, in partnership with PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI) and Mamta Health Institute for Mother and Child (HIMC).

The conference witnessed renowned experts and speakers across the industry come together and discussed the importance of building sustainability and innovation in nutrition interventions.

With the ongoing pandemic highlighting the disproportionate access to healthy and nutritious meals, the World Food Day this year has gained more significance.* According to the recent Global Nutrition Report 2020, there is an urgent need to address rising malnutrition across economies fueled by the global health crisis. The malnutrition scenario in our country is in a precarious situation. While the number of underweight children has decreased over the years, it is still high compared to average statistics in Asian countries.

Speaking at the conference, Sudhanshu Pandey, IAS Secretary, Department of Food & Public Distribution said, “Over the years, India has been relentless in its fight against hunger and malnutrition. We have the largest food-aid program in the world through public distribution system. We have especially ramped up our efforts to provide food to millions of people from underprivileged communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are further focusing on maternal health, child nutrition and well-being through programmes such as POSHAN Abhiyaan. I commend PHDCCI, Amway India and MAMTA HIMC for bringing thought leaders on a single platform.  I truly believe it is the need of the hour for everyone to join hands and work together to address malnutrition and its underlying causes in all forms.”

Talking about the initiative Anshu Budhraja, CEO, Amway India said, “World Food Day 2020 takes place under exceptional circumstances. In the wake of the ongoing pandemic, the theme for this year ‘Grow, Nourish, Sustain. Together’ is more relevant than ever. Amway has always been committed to support the community by coming forward in the face of adversity. In India, we had introduced the ‘Power of Five’ in 2018. It is a community-based global campaign to address childhood malnutrition. With this campaign, we aim to use our vast global experience in nutrition and wellness to contribute to the Government of India's National Nutrition Mission to raise the nutrition levels in the country. I am happy to share that we witnessed tremendous improvement in the nutritional status of the children. The results clearly demonstrate the power of mobilizing and empowering communities at the grassroots level to help them lead a better, healthier life.”

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