GUWAHATI, March 29 - The Coalition for Food and Nutrition Security, India (CFNS) and Inter Agency Group (IAG), Assam jointly organised a policy seminar on �Transforming the Food and Nutrition Landscape in Assam� at the conference hall of NEDFi House here today.
The policy seminar was organised with an aim to bring together the key policy-makers, senior Government functionaries, development partners and social activists on nutrition to discuss how resources can be optimally utilised to improve the present situation and what best could be done to achieve the State�s targets.
Along with other dignitaries, Chief Secretary VK Pipersenia attended the seminar. A host of policy-makers from the State along with a large number of development professionals attended the seminar and took part in strategic discussion to draw a roadmap for Assam to become an exemplary State.
Opportunities towards achieving food and nutrition security in a sustainable way have been globally identified and many countries are making progress on it. However, close to 195 million people in our country still remain undernourished and do not have access to healthy diet and India continues to position itself at the bottom of global hunger reports.
Assam, on the other hand, is yet to demonstrate much improvement in its health and nutrition indicators. With 36.4% children under 5 years of age are stunted, the infant mortality rate (IMR) is as high as 48, while Assam continues to be one of the bottom five States of the country.