As a recent article in the Deccan Herald notes, Indian diets are woefully protein deficient.
The damage caused by poor food and nutrition security to women (mothers) and infants is widely misunderstood. Intervention and funds from the government and the development sector are, therefore, often misdirected away towards education and skill development.
Nutrition security is a pressing need, and I agree with the suggestion in an article on Outlook India that we should have a separate ministry of food security and nutrition.
About 50 percent of Indian adults and 40 percent of our children are physically and mentally stunted. In addition, a large number of our women do not join the workforce.
It’s no secret that India performs poorly amongst the world’s countries in human development indicators. However, it’s also true that India has been improving consistently for the last 60 years on almost all human development, economic productivity, health and other indicators, and that’s what makes the latest Global Hunger Index