Policy - National Food and Nutrition Policy

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Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW)
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Type of policy:
Comprehensive national nutrition policy, strategy or plan


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The main purpose of the food and nutrition policy is an attempt to significantly improve the nutritional status of the people, particularly vulnerable groups including the elderly and thereby contribute to the improvement in the quality of life in the socio-economic development. The objectives of the national food and nutrition policy are :
4.1. To increase production and availability of both staple and non-staple nutritious food, minimize post harvest losses, develop food preservation and distribution technologies at home and industrial level. To maximize availability of food for national consumption in normal times, in times of disaster and also for export, when possible.
4.2 To improve the health and nutritional status of the people especially of children, women (adolescent girls, expectant and nursing mothers), and elderly.
4.3 To consider the importance of the family unit to provide adequate physical, mental, emotional and social needs of children and other vulnerable groups including the elderly; and strengthen family unit as a basic unit of the society.
4.4. To ensure safe drinking water, arrange for proper disposal of waste, improve sanitation and environmental hygiene at personal and community level.
4.5. To provide formal and non-formal nutrition education to people especially women and children.
4.6. To undertake all possible measures to increase income generating activities for poverty alleviation particularly for women in rural households.
4.7. To develop action plan with time-frame to implement the policy.


WHO Global Nutrition Policy Review 2009-2010

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