Nutrition is central to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030 development agenda. Despite strong constitutional provisions, legislative policy, plan and programme commitments, India suffers from a high burden of under nutrition and micronutrient deficiency diseases. The statistics on nutritional status indicate that India has been a laggard on the issue, among fast-growing economies and also in the region. With a ranking of 102 of 119 on the Global Hunger Index 2019 and 130 of 189 on the Human Development Index 2018 , India is home to almost one-fourth of the world’s chronically undernourished people (190.7 million out of 815 million). Therefore, SDG 2 – Zero Hunger cannot be achieved globally unless it is achieved in India.
Centre for Responsible Business (CRB), United Nations World Food Program (UNWFP) and Cargill India have teamed up to address the issue of malnutrition and SDG 2. The project addresses Nutritional Security in India by aligning with the priorities of the POSHAN Abhiyan along with engaging the public and the private sector to collaborate and find ways to co-create possible approaches to address the problem collectively. The core project components include building collaborative platforms, providing for supplementary nutrition, working on improved care and nutrition practices and creation of an effective nutrition value chain