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India can be food & nutrition provider to the world, says Kishore Biyani


Nov 03, 2017 03:13 PM IST | Source: CNBC-TV18

n an interview to CNBC-TV18’s Priya Sheth, Kishore Biyani, CEO of Future Group, from the sidelines of World Food India 2017, spoke about the biggest driver for food processing industry.

In an interview to CNBC-TV18’s Priya Sheth, Kishore Biyani, CEO of Future Group, from the sidelines of World Food India 2017, spoke about what he thinks will be the biggest drivers for food processing industry going forward.

He said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a vision of doubling farmer’s income in the next five years and India has that opportunity because 60 percent of India depends on farm income.

He said that India can be a food and nutrition provider to the world.

According to him there is a huge opportunity for food processing industry going ahead.

Future Group will be at the forefront of opportunities in the food business, he said.

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Busting health and nutrition myths for ensuring greater health among South Asians


Statistics show that people in South Asia have some of the highest rates of insulin resistance in the world. As noted in an article published in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences by Unjali P. Gujral and associates, “Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality. While all ethnic groups are affected, the prevalence of T2DM in South Asians, both in their home countries and abroad, is extremely high and is continuing to rise rapidly.” The reasons for the high rates of diabetes are manifold and include innate biological susceptibilities, sedentarism, and diet. In this article, we bust three important myths in order to promote better health in the Indian population.

Why Insulin Resistance?

Dr Ronesh Sinha MD, author of The South Asian Health Solution, notes that South Asians are at a greater risk for insulin resistance because of a combination of high stress, a sedentary lifestyle, and a diet that is too rich in vegetable oil, food containing high amounts of sugar, salt and processed ingredients.

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He notes that Asian Indians in particular have alarmingly high rates of heart disease and diabetes, and that these diseases are manifesting themselves at a younger age. Myths that need busting if better health is to be achieved include:

All Fat is the Same

Our bodies have changed considerably over the past 50 years, with overall weight continuing to increase in South Asia and the Western world as well. Research shows that we are becoming fat and inactive, which does not bode well for our chances of a long and healthy life.

The body actually has two different types of fat: brown fat and white fat. While the latter is inactive, brown fat is a calorie-burning machine that relies on glucose and triglycerides (which can cause heart disease if it is not consumed) for fuel. Dr Sinha states that although South Asian people have less brown fat than many other populations, we can stimulate white fat into activity through exercise. When we engage in regular physical activity, we produce a hormone called irisin, which helps convert white fat into brown fat. Nutritional intake is also important; to build more brown fat, do not starve or, since eating too few calories will stop white fat conversion into brown; eating too many calories, meanwhile, stops brown fat’s ability to burn calories.

Grains, Legumes, Nuts and Seeds are always Healthy

While these foods contain a host of vitamins and nutrients, consuming too many of them can actually cause problems with your nutritional intake. These foods are rich in phytic acid, which binds to Vitamin D, iron and calcium, so that your body cannot absorb their benefits.

Regular physical activity produces a hormone called irisin in the body, which helps convert white fat into brown fat.

Regular physical activity produces a hormone called irisin in the body, which helps convert white fat into brown fat. Photo courtesy: unsplash.com

Grains also convert quickly into glucose, which can contribute to heart disease, cancer, and obesity. You do not have to forego grains altogether, but do not make them the mainstay of your eating plan.

Saturated Fat is Unhealthy

According to Dr Sinha, saturated fat, present in coconut oil and ghee, gets a far worse rap than it deserves. These oils contain medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs) which are converted to energy in the liver rather than remaining in the body as fatty deposits. Dr Sinha is not alone; many dietary experts note that cholesterol is often blamed for heart disease, the number one cause of which is inflammation, often exacerbated by the use of vegetable oils containing trans fatty acids.

To boost your health, make sure that grains do not make up the bulk of your diet, stay active to keep obesity and heart disease at bay and prepare foods with healthy fats such as coconut oil and ghee, which are rich nutrients and excellent sources of medium chain fatty acids. Ensure your body fat levels are sound and stay informed to stop nutritional myths from leading you to make the wrong choices.



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Nutrition is first and foremost a political challenge, says Gates nutrition lead


Shawn Baker, head of the nutrition team at the Gates Foundation.

SAN FRANCISCO — Bill and Melinda Gates have spent a lot of time speaking with experts about stunting and its solutions. It is not the height of the child they are worried about, but rather what that number indicates, in terms of cognitive, emotional, and physical development, as they explain in a report released earlier this year.

Shawn Baker, director of the nutrition team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, leads their work on what has become a growing priority for the largest foundation in the world: ensuring that women and children get the nutrition they need.

Baker joined the foundation in 2013, and has led efforts to revise the program strategy as the Gates Foundation’s nutrition budget grew from $50 million to $125 million a year. Previously, he was vice president and regional director for Africa at Helen Keller International, which works on vision and nutrition, where his work included overseeing a tripling of country programs, shaping programs on vitamin A supplementation and food fortification, and building regional partnerships.

This week, he’s focusing on the Global Nutrition Summit in Milan, Italy, on Saturday. The event builds on the first major global pledging moment for the nutrition challenge, which took place in London in 2013, and resulted in commitments to expand the reach of nutrition interventions in the first 1,000 days between a woman’s pregnancy and her child’s second birthday. Almost half of under 5 mortality is driven by malnutrition, and the summit provides an opportunity to consider progress on what is often framed as an intractable problem, to check in on existing efforts, and to build new commitments, Baker told Devex.

“We’ve got enormous problems, we’ve got a number of solutions, but there’s a big gap between what we know [we need] to do and our financial ability to do it, and it requires both continued financial leadership but also political leadership,” he said.

More than most issues in public health, nutrition is first and foremost a political challenge, Baker said. He explained that the problem is relatively invisible because of the populations it affects, and that the solution requires multiple sectors working together.

“Unless you have high-level political leadership, it’s almost impossible to drive progress, and in those countries that have shown significant progress, that has been the secret sauce,” he said.

One example is Peru, a country that both Baker and the Gates report say demonstrates that stunting is a solvable problem. The prevalence of stunting among children under 5 declined from 39 percent in 1990 to 18 percent in 2016, largely due to the Child Malnutrition Initiative, a program implemented by CARE Peru with funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development. Two leaders from the program explained how they delivered a package of interventions, including nutrition, water and sanitation, and health investments rather than traditional feeding programs. The NGO has since worked with the government across three different administrations to make nutrition a national priority.

Baker also pointed to Brazil, a country that started by identifying the underlying causes of stunting, then working to address those issues by improving access to health services for pregnant women and investing in education for children and mothers. It also improved income distribution by launching an income transfer program, which provided families living below the poverty line with a monthly stipend to put them above the line.

And another example is Senegal, where the issue of malnutrition was elevated to the highest levels, and is overseen by the Nutrition Policy Coordination Unit in the Prime Minister’s Office. The government has shifted its approach to a community-based strategy, which the International Development Association of the World Bank Group — a supporter of the efforts in Senegal — summarized as “health education, breastfeeding promotion, infant and young child feeding counseling, monthly weighing sessions, micronutrient supplementation, conditional cash transfers, targeted food security support and more.” Stunting has fallen to 19 percent in Senegal, which Baker described as “dramatic” for West Africa, yet he expects political commitments to result in more examples like this in the years ahead.

“What I see now more than ever in the last couple of years is finance ministers and heads of state stepping up and being worried about nutrition,” Baker told Devex. “These are leaders who aspire to have emerging economies and they realize, ‘if half of my workforce is stunted during childhood, the idea of having an emerging economy in the future is pretty difficult to imagine.’”

Increasingly, leaders are making the connection between human capital and sustainable global development. Nutrition is a fundamental driver of human capital development, and malnutrition undermines that potential — a dynamic made worse by hunger and famine across the world, Baker said. But from the World Bank’s Human Capital Summit, to the high-level event in Milan this weekend, to the Scaling Up Nutrition gathering in Côte d’Ivoire next week, donors are coming together around the drive to reduce malnutrition.

Baker pointed to a comment made by Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank, at the World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa, last year.

“We must now change how we look at the problem of malnutrition,” said Adesina. “The greatest contributor to economic growth is not physical infrastructure, but brainpower, what I refer to as ‘grey matter infrastructure.’ While it is obvious that a road or port can add to improved trade and economic growth, it is often not recognized that stunting shrinks the size of the brain and therefore compromises current and future economic growth of nations. Stunted children today leads to stunted economies tomorrow. It is that simple.”

World Bank president Jim Kim has also talked about how investments in grey matter infrastructure could be the most important infrastructure investments of all. The idea that boosting nutrition means boosting economies resonates with the people who hold the purse strings, said Baker. And yet he described the 1 percent of development assistance that goes into nutrition as “anemic” given the scale of the problem, and said he hopes to see more progress in the way of funding and policy from high-burden countries.

Prior to the 2013 Nutrition for Growth Summit, $400 million of development assistance went to nutrition each year. That number has risen to just shy of $1 billion. And new commitments to advance the global response to malnutrition will be announced this weekend in Milan.

Between high-profile events such as the annual Global Nutrition Summit, Baker and his team at the Gates Foundation are working to mobilize more money for nutrition, while also directly supporting partners working on the political prioritization of nutrition in their own countries. Grantees include the Graca Machel Trust, which works across the African continent on issues including women’s rights and children’s rights; the Scaling Up Nutrition movement, which unites a coalition of actors including 59 member countries working to end malnutrition by 2030; and a new initiative called African Leaders for Nutrition, which Baker said he hopes will get nutrition on the agenda at the annual African Union Summit.

The global development community must focus not only on reducing mortality, but also on improving well-being, Baker said, echoing the insight in the Bill and Melinda Gates report that, when it comes to stunting, limited physical growth is a proxy for poor cognitive and emotional development.

“If we don’t worry about the well-being of children, we’re actually trapping them in a vicious cycle of poverty, because all of the other investments in education, etc., are going to be suboptimal because we’ve deprived children of basic good development outcomes from the get go,” Baker told Devex.

Part of the reason that nutrition resonates so strongly with Bill and Melinda Gates, Baker said, is both because it is a necessary focus for a foundation working to ensure that children can not only survive but also thrive, and because it is a difficult problem to solve that requires different sectors to work together.

“When they see a gnarly problem, they get even more intrigued,” he said.

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USDA aims to improve food and nutrition education for low-income communities


WASHINGTON, Nov. 1, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced support to develop local and self-reliant food systems, such as farm to table enterprises, which bring nutritious food to low-income communities. This funding is available through NIFA’s Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

“This program reaches into neighborhoods across America to improve access to food and nutriton education, assist community outreach, and empower local farms,” said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. “These NIFA investments help communities develop field to fork food systems that provide long-term community solutions.”

The primary goals of the Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program (CFP) are to meet the food needs of low-income individuals, increase the self-reliance of communities in providing for their food needs, promote comprehensive responses to local food access, farm, and nutrition issues, and meet specific state, local, or neighborhood food and agricultural needs. Grants aim to bring together stakeholders from the distinct parts of the food system and foster understanding of national food security trends and how they might improve local food systems.

In fiscal year 2017, 35 grants totaling $8.6 million were awarded through the CFP program. They are:

Community Food Projects

United Way of Southeastern Connecticut, New London, Connecticut, $35,000
Liberty`s Kitchen Inc., New Orleans, Louisiana, $33,890
Columbia Center For Urban Agriculture, Columbia, Missouri, $35,000
United Way of the Midlands, Omaha, Nebraska, $34,001
Center for Rural Affairs, Lyons, Nebraska, $35,000
Capital Roots, Troy, New York, $35,000
South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs, Columbia, South Carolina, $35,000
People Incorporated of Virginia, Abingdon, Virginia, $24,078
Community Action Center, Pullman, Washington, $35,000

Planning Projects

Sitka Tribe of Alaska, Sitka, Alaska, $69,976
Uncommon Good, Claremont, California, $400,000
Community Services Unlimited Inc., Los Angeles, California, $400,000
Project Worthmore, Aurora, Colorado, $400,000
Re:Vision International, Denver, Colorado, $374,935
LiveWell Colorado, Denver, Colorado, $130,268
Nationals Youth Academy, Washington, D.C., $341,768
Beaches Emergency Assistance, Jacksonville Beach, Florida, $276,738
Tanner Medical Center Inc., Carrollton, Georgia, $399,790
Waimanalo Market Co-op, Waimanalo, Hawaii, $304,960
The Kohala Center Inc., Kamuela, Hawaii, $347,802
Kentucky Association of Food Banks, Berea, Kentucky, $400,000
St. Mary`s Regional Medical Center, Lewiston, Maine, $400,000
Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, St. Paul, Minnesota, $396,372
Springfield Community Gardens, Springfield, Missouri, $375,000
Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration, Brooklyn, New York, $239,140
Massachusetts Avenue Project, Buffalo, New York, $389,088
Lantern Community Services Inc., New York, New York, $398,200
High Desert Food & Farm Alliance, Bend, Oregon, $361,988
Southside Community Land Trust, Providence, Rhode Island, $397,939
International Rescue Committee Inc., Dallas, Texas, $374,495
Richmond City Health District, Richmond, Virginia, $166,100
Tricycle Gardens, Richmond, Virginia, $105,618
Project GROWS Inc., Staunton, Virginia, $249,190.00
Helping Overcome Poverty`s Existence Inc., Wytheville, Virginia, $240,000
Action Resources International Laramie, Wyoming, $398,664

Project details can be found at the NIFA website.

One of the new projects, the Waimanalo Market Co-op in Waimanalo, Hawaii, will involve connecting local farmers with their communities to provide better access to culturally accepted foods, increasing the number of farmers, and educating citizens about eating healthier by making better food choices.

Since 1996, Community Food Projects have awarded approximately $101 million to organizations nationwide. Among previously funded projects, the City Schoolyard Garden, Inc., in Charlottesville, Virginia, helps local communities work together to educate their neighbors about healthy eating and local food choices. These efforts have created a food system for all citizens, regardless of background or neighborhood. The Fayette County Community Action Agency, Inc. (FCCAA) is developing the Republic Food Enterprise Center (RFEC) in Republic, Pennsylvania, to connect producers and growers, retailers, and consumers. They also create a support system to develop sustainable businesses within the food system.

NIFA’s mission is to invest in and advance agricultural research, education, and extension to solve societal challenges. NIFA’s investments in transformative science directly support the long-term prosperity and global preeminence of U.S. agriculture. To learn more about NIFA’s impact on agricultural sciences, visit http://www.nifa.usda.gov/Impacts, sign up for updates, and follow us on Twitter @USDA_NIFA, #NIFAImpacts.

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