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National Nutrition Month: Uttar Pradesh Government And World Food Programme Join Hands To Provide Nutritious Take Home Ration

Uttar Pradesh government and World Food Programme will set up 204 nutrition production units across 18 districts to produce nutritious take home ration for children, pregnant women, lactating mothers and adolescent girls

National Nutrition Month Uttar Pradesh Government And World Food Programme Join Hands To Provide Nutritious Take Home Ration
Highlights
  • Women from self-help groups will run nutrition units in Uttar Pradesh
  • Nutrition production units with be set-up at Bighapur block and Malva block
  • Fortified take home ration will be manufactured and supplied from these uni

New Delhi: On Tuesday (September 8), the Uttar Pradesh State Rural Livelihood Mission (UPSRLM) inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to set-up nutrition production units to support food distribution under the government’s Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) scheme. The ICDS scheme targets children under 6 years of age and pregnant and lactating women. Through the scheme, take home ration (THR) of micronutrient fortified blended food or energy dense food is distributed to children between 6-36 months of age and to pregnant, lactating women for consumption at home. In simple terms, micronutrient fortified blended food is staple food with additional minerals and vitamins added to it during the production stage.

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The principle behind providing take home ration is to fill in the nutrition gap and improve Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) practices among infants and young children. The take home ration in effect is actually a food source for complementary feeding of young children across the country. As part of take home ration, products (ready to eat and ready to cook food), dry rations and hot cooked meals are provided.

Together, UPSRLM and WFP will manufacture and supply take home ration. The nutrition production units will also provide cooked food like Dalia mix, Khichdi mix to children (3 to 6 years of age) at anganwadi centres.

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Talking about the project and the reason behind partnering with WFP, Manoj Kumar Singh, Additional Chief Secretary, Government of Uttar Pradesh, said,

The Government of Uttar Pradesh is very pleased to partner with WFP over this innovative project. WFP has the proven expertise in this area with long and diverse experience of setting up such take-home ration production units in other states in the country.

Explaining the project, an official from WFP told NDTV,

Till now, Uttar Pradesh has been following a centralised model for the production of take home ration. Usually, tender is given, mostly private companies who then produce and distribute ration. Now, the government is moving to a decentralised model which basically means involving women from self-help groups (SHGs). They will be provided machinery, equipped with raw materials such as wheat and will be asked to produce and distribute take home ration. For them, it is a livelihood generation and gender empowerment opportunity.

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As part of the partnership, 204 nutrition production units will be set-up across 18 districts of Uttar Pradesh benefitting around 33 lakh children, pregnant women, lactating mothers and adolescent girls.

To begin with, WFP will establish two block level production units; one each in Bighapur block, Unnao and Malva block, Fatehpur. The two units will work as demonstration sites for the state government who will learn and gradually scale up the project to other 16 districts. WFP plans to begin production at the specified units by mid-November.

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Elaborating more on the role of WFP and women from SHGs, the official said,

During scale-up, WFP will extend technical support to the government and provide guidance during product composition, quality assurance, packaging, and other processes. As far as women are concerned, these units will eventually belong to them. They will learn, run these units, take profits out of it and hold full ownership.

Further talking about the items that will be included in take home ration, WFP informed that the menu is yet to be finalised. A couple of food compositions involving both sweet and savoury items have been shared with the state government for approval. Fortified and nutritious food products have been designed keeping in mind the nutritional requirement of different age groups.

This partnership with the State Rural Livelihood Mission will go a long way in ensuring nutrition security as well as empowering rural women. Enhancing nutrition in children not only strengthen communities but also secure them a brighter future, said Bishow Parajuli, WFP Representative and Country Director in India.

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Basanta Kumar Kar, Recipient of Global Nutrition Leadership Award lauded the partnership. Sharing his views on the project and how it can be implemented well, Mr Kar said,

For many poor and marginalised people take home ration is a full meal. The take home ration provides a tremendous opportunity to transform nutrition landscape, realise the goals of POSHAN Abhiyaan. Take home ration should be enriched with essential micronutrients based on the deficiencies found through the Comprehensive National Nutrition Survey (CNNS)-2016-18. Also, the impact of the intervention should be measured on a regular basis through an active partnership with the Government of Uttar Pradesh. For better transparency and public accountability, I would suggest the introduction of Social Audit and monitoring by the local Vigilance Committees as per the provisions of the National Food Security Act of 2013.

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World

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20,13,42,617Active
3,33,82,100Recovered
48,82,051Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 23,96,06,768 and 48,82,051 have died; 20,13,42,617 are active cases and 3,33,82,100 have recovered as on October 15, 2021 at 4:15 am.

India

3,40,37,592 16,862Cases
2,03,6782,908Active
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4,51,814 379Deaths
In India, there are 3,40,37,592 confirmed cases including 4,51,814 deaths. The number of active cases is 2,03,678 and 3,33,82,100 have recovered as on October 15, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,86,280 2,384

33,157 6

64,13,418 2,343

1,39,705 35

Kerala

48,29,944 9,246

96,421 1,802

47,06,856 10,952

26,667 96

Karnataka

29,82,399 310

9,607 43

29,34,870 347

37,922 6

Tamil Nadu

26,83,396 1,259

15,451 199

26,32,092 1,438

35,853 20

Andhra Pradesh

20,59,122 540

6,588 27

20,38,248 557

14,286 10

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,008 12

135 4

16,86,976 16

22,897

West Bengal

15,79,012 530

7,576 81

15,52,491 601

18,945 10

Delhi

14,39,311 28

337 1

14,13,885 29

25,089

Odisha

10,33,809 521

4,890 38

10,20,645 477

8,274 6

Chhattisgarh

10,05,614 16

203 4

9,91,841 20

13,570

Rajasthan

9,54,382 8

42 6

9,45,386 2

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,244 34

215 20

8,15,943 14

10,086

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,669 12

111 1

7,82,035 11

10,523

Haryana

7,71,035 16

105 158

7,60,881

10,049 174

Bihar

7,26,016 8

42 6

7,16,313 2

9,661

Telangana

6,68,618 168

4,171 40

6,60,512 207

3,935 1

Assam

6,05,847 207

3,646 157

5,96,263 362

5,938 2

Punjab

6,01,971 33

234 11

5,85,199 16

16,538 6

Jharkhand

3,48,406 11

130 4

3,43,141 7

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,729 28

175 22

3,36,157 6

7,397

Jammu And Kashmir

3,30,834 93

935 11

3,25,473 104

4,426

Himachal Pradesh

2,21,113 182

1,387 5

2,16,011 173

3,715 4

Goa

1,77,356 68

679 27

1,73,342 39

3,335 2

Puducherry

1,27,259 49

647 4

1,24,763 53

1,849

Manipur

1,22,432 69

1,444 15

1,19,099 84

1,889

Mizoram

1,10,719 901

13,601 435

96,744 1,332

374 4

Tripura

84,295 4

110 8

83,369 12

816

Meghalaya

82,734 87

892 31

80,411 115

1,431 3

Chandigarh

65,295 10

32 5

64,443 15

820

Arunachal Pradesh

54,958 4

202 22

54,476 26

280

Sikkim

31,722 6

224 1

31,108 7

390

Nagaland

31,516 9

230 8

30,613 17

673

Ladakh

20,867 6

44 2

20,615 4

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,675

3 1

10,668 1

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

2 0

10,312

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,640 3

10 1

7,501 2

129

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