While there has been considerable success in accomplishing the desired goals, malnutrition in India continues to persist. According to data released by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and National Institute of Nutrition (NIN), 68.2 per cent of children in the age group (0-5) are in the high-risk category from malnutrition in 2017 (Lancet Child Adolescent Health 2019). Also, according to the latest National Family Health Survey NFHS-4 (2015-16), 35.7 per cent of children below five years are underweight, 38.4 per cent are stunted and 21 per cent are wasted in India (IIPS and ICF 2017). Similarly, anaemia is still a huge cause of concern as 53 per cent women and 23 per cent men in the 15-49 age group are anaemic according to the latest NHFS-4 numbers. Malnutrition weakens the immune system and leads to deficiencies of iron and vitamins.
Are Indians eating enough fruits?
Today, as we prepare to live in a world marred by COVID-19, the future needs to look towards a reduction in inequality to access, especially when it comes to nutrient-rich, high-quality foods such as fruits. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that the consumption of fruits and vegetables should be part of a daily diet because of their immense health benefits. A 2004 report by the WHO recommends that every person should consume a minimum of 400g (five daily servings of roughly 80g each) of fruit and vegetables per day for the prevention and alleviation of micronutrient deficiencies, especially in less developed countries (FAO and WHO 2004). It is not just the WHO that recommends regular consumption of fruits even the NHFS-4 says that fruits should be a staple part of one’s diet (IIPS and ICF 2017). Micronutrients in fruits therefore help in building the immune system, reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases and many types of cancers.
Reports, however, indicate that Indians are consuming very little fruits, irrespective of their age and class. According to India’s Phytonutrient Report most Indians are consuming roughly 1.5 servings of fruits and 2 servings of vegetables everyday, which is only 280g (Mukherjee et al. 2016), much lower than the WHO recommended intake.
Does income affect fruit consumption?
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WILD MEAT AND WET MARKETS: A GLOBAL DIALOGUE
Wet markets operate in most Asian countries including India. China reported its wet markets as the epicentre of the Covid-19 outbreak in Wuhan and also more recently in Beijing. These wet markets, a traditional part of popular local culture in Asian countries, are increasingly becoming a cause of concern for the international community and health practitioners across the globe. This article attempts to understand how global authorities and their Asian partners are looking to regulate these infamous wet markets to significantly lower the risk of viral and other pathogenic load from these unhygienic wet markets.
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The Small Island developing states are particularly vulnerable to the peril of climate change. Sea level rise, increase in sea surface temperature, high incidences of drought and flood are some of the vulnerabilities that loom large over such island states.The republic of Maldives is one such example, which has been publicly advocating for the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Despite being one of the least contributors to such emissions, the Maldives faces the highest impact of global warming. Being one of the lowest-lying island nations, it has been undertaking various steps to curb the egregious impacts of environmental catastrophes.One of the response measures taken by the Maldives is the construction of seawalls. This article discusses this, while accenting the drawbacks and benefits associated with the approach.
TO PLUCK AT WILL: FRUIT TREES IN COMMON PROPERTY
Despite many governmental initiatives, malnutrition in India remains a major health challenge. There is a marked deficit of fruits in the diet of most Indians, consuming much lower than what is recommended by the World health organisation (Who). One of the reasons behind this is the high price of fruits and thus its inequitable access. As we prepare ourselves to live in a world marred by COVID-19 and a shrinking Indian economy, we must think of new ideas to manage access to food, especially micro nutrient rich fruits. This paper explores the possibility of planting endemic fruit trees in public spaces like roadsides and parks, that can help in increasing the consumption of fruits amongst the poor. It also attempts to analyse whether this can serve as a long term solution to bridge the gap between fruit production and consumption in India.
RESPONSIVE URBAN PLANNING: COVID-19 A TURNING POINT FOR REAL CHANGE IN INDIAN CITIES
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