Free iron-fortified snacks for India's children could reduce nutrition insecurity
A new partnership could introduce iron-fortified snacks into India's free meal scheme for children, boosting nutrition levels and potentially improving school performance.
The Strategic Foresight Group writes,
"A new public-private partnership between the governments of Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry, and the food company Britannia could have a significant long term impact on the health of impoverished children. As part of the tie-up, the company will provide iron-fortified biscuits as snacks to Mid-day Meal schemes across the state and union territory.
Sources:The Strategic Foresight Group, Nov 2010, page 4: http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/SFG_July2010.pdf#page=4
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