Addressing Malnutrition ‘In India And Beyond’

Purnima Menon, a research fellow in IFPRI’s Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division, and Venkatesh Mannar, president of the Ottawa-based Micronutrient Initiative (MI), both co-authors of The Lancet 2013 Series on Maternal and Child Nutrition, write in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, “The Lancet series outlines the consequences that result from early malnutrition, yet what truly stands out are the opportunities that an investment in nutrition presents.” They focus on India, looking at the impact of malnutrition on children in the country and efforts to improve food security and nutrition. “Working together, we can do more and have a greater impact — a lasting impact. Malnutrition deserves far greater attention and investment by public, private, and civic leaders and citizens than it currently receives,” they write, adding, “There are proven solutions within our reach, and our focus on science and economic growth has paid off. Let us now focus on growing and nourishing tomorrow’s leaders, in India and beyond” (7/8).