2nd nat’l food, nutrition strategy developed

2nd nat’l food, nutrition strategy developed

Youths take part in elevating dietary consciousness in Koh Kong province on May 21. Helen Keller International Cambodia

The Council for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) is working carefully with related ministries and companions to develop the second National Strategy for Food Security and Nutrition (NSFSN) as a part of efforts to succeed in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Say Ung – director of the Department of Food Security, Nutrition and Health on the CARD General Secretariat – mentioned the five-year NSFSN will go into impact after the 2019-2023 plan ends its run.

Ung was talking on the Second Youth Nutrition Champion Camp in Areng of Koh Kong province, held from May 20-22 and organised by Helen Keller and GIZ MUSEFO in collaboration with CARD and the National Nutrition Programme.

“Improving the meals safety and diet of youngsters and youths is an important issue for growing the subsequent technology of human sources as a result of they’re our successors who will inherit the nation and it requires that they put their give attention to schooling, healthcare, morals and ethics, involvement in social work, environmental consciousness and the nation’s growth,” he mentioned.

He mentioned that with the intention to attain the 17 SDGs, particularly the SDG 2 of “ending starvation, reaching meals safety, bettering dietary standing and selling sustainable agriculture”, CARD is working carefully with related establishments and companions to develop the second NSFSN.

“One of the brand new points that must be addressed is selling youth participation and giving younger individuals a voice to find out their future. Recently, the National Dialogue on the Food System in Cambodia printed a roadmap for a sustainable meals system in Cambodia by 2030, which was submitted to the UN in September 2021,” Ung mentioned.

According to Chea Mary – supervisor of the Ministry of Health’s National Nutrition Programme – the Second Youth Nutrition Champion Camp had 4 important targets: to extend youth consciousness of diet and wholesome cooking strategies; train youths wholesome recipes in session with cooks; permit younger individuals to share their insights, experiences and opinions on these matters; and to debate peer educator campaigns and their challenges in addition to subsequent steps that may be taken within the space of diet.

Mary mentioned that when youngsters and younger individuals endure from malnutrition, they unknowingly go on that legacy to the subsequent technology.

“When youngsters endure from malnutrition, they miss out on lots of alternatives and are unlikely to attain their commonplace bodily progress potential. They are inclined to have their progress stunted, so they’re shorter and never as bodily sturdy. If the malnutrition is severe sufficient, they might additionally develop severe mind and cognitive impairments,” she mentioned.

She added that scientists have discovered that when youngsters endure from malnutrition akin to emaciation and micronutrient shortages, they’re much less more likely to be taught at school, extra typically must repeat lessons and on common it reduces their earnings potential as adults by 22 per cent.

Mary mentioned international research present that youngsters who’re chronically-ill usually tend to be malnourished, and poor households typically must spend 20 per cent of their complete revenue on medical care, additional exacerbating their monetary troubles and stopping them from saving cash to enhance their lives.


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