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FICCI webinar on impact of Covid-19 on micronutrient deficiencies today
Thursday, 03 September, 2020, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Our Bureau, Bengaluru
FICCI is orgnaising a webinar on tackling the impact of Covid-19 on micronutrient deficiencies through food fortification on September 3, 2020. The event will be held from 11 am-12.30 pm.

In this regard, an interactive session in collaboration with the United Nations World Food Programme and DSM on ‘Tackling the impact of Covid-19 on micronutrient deficiencies through food fortification’ will be held.

With the outbreak of Covid-19, dual impact of food system disruptions combined with a steep economic downturn is a setback for nutrition. The global pandemic has exposed failings within food and health systems. It has added urgency to the need to advance the nutrition agenda, though also placed its progression at risk as the importance of nutrition risks being lost in the immediacy of health and economic threats.

Looming nutrition is viewed by a panel of experts as health system burdens, delay economic recovery, lead to more loss of life and cause a health and development crisis that impacts a generation of children throughout their life. Furthermore, the UN secretary-general policy brief warns that without large-scale coordinated action the threat to food systems could result in global health and nutrition crisis of a severity unseen for half a century.

While the Covid-19 pandemic poses a new and unprecedented global challenge, the solutions to prevent the impeding threat of malnutrition are not new. Disruptions to food systems due to Covid-19 are expected to negatively affect access to fresh and perishable foods due to farmers’ inability to produce or distribute, resulting in less diversity of nutrient-rich foods on the market.

The population would rely on non-perishable, shelf-stable foods, which are a poor source of micronutrients. To overcome the challenge, Staple Food Fortification can be a critical public health strategy to ensure that population, including the most vulnerable, have access to essential micronutrients, will be some of the highlights of the webinar.

Understanding and adopting the strategy of Staple Food Fortification is more important now than ever, and therefore we are organising an interactive session to provide a platform to discuss, share and debate on the role of Staple Food Fortification during these challenging times, according to FICCI.
 
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