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Meeting on nutrition-sensitive social protection held in Dhaka

  • Published at 06:46 pm December 6th, 2017
Meeting on nutrition-sensitive social protection held in Dhaka
The government has organized a two-day event to address the necessity of social protection programs in combating food insecurity and malnutrition. The Ministry of Food organized the ‘Technical Symposium on Nutrition-Sensitive Social Protection in Bangladesh’ from December 4-5 at a Dhaka hotel. Discussions on the development and implementation of sectoral and cross-sectoral policy options and investment plans on social protection were emphasized in the event. The symposium also focused on nutrition-sensitive policy approaches. It was organized in collaboration with Unicef, WFP, IFPRI, Save the Children, and FAO project ‘Meeting the Under-nutrition Challenge’. Representatives of the government, non-government organizations, civil society, academia, and the private sector also took part in the event. USAID Bangladesh's Deputy Director David Westerling and Manfred Fernholz, first secretary, Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Development, delegation of the European Union to Bangladesh were also present. State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Meher Afroze Chumki, the event’s chief guest, emphasized social protection as a “key strategy” to tackle malnutrition. Food Secretary Kaikobad Hossain, the Chair of the Technical Symposium, underscored improving the conditions of the first 1,000 days of children’s lives and supporting the Zero Hunger Challenge.