Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Micronutrients Make a Major Difference

Executive Director of the UN's World Food Programme, Josette Sheeran, has witnessed firsthand the effects of malnutrition suffered by 230 million people in India. During her visit, it shocked her that despite the simple solutions available, malnutrition is still responsible for taking countless lives. One kernel of fortified rice added to 99 kernels of regular rice, for example, could provide an undernourished person with all the micronutrients they need. Micronutrient powder sprinkled on food also provides people with essential vitamins and minerals. Such simple products can go a long way towards eradicating malnutrition throughout the impoverished world. "The point about malnutrition is that it is not like cancer. It does not need some new scientific discovery for us to tackle it. We already have the tools to eradicate hunger, and history will judge us if we do not use them, " Sheeran declares.
Source: Ideas for Development Blog