International food aid not enough to solve global malnutrition crisis

November 25th, 2008 - 6:36 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, Nov 25 (ANI): While discussing the controversies surrounding international food aid, the editors of journal PLoS Medicine came to the conclusion that “donor-supported food programs are not enough as a long term strategy” for addressing malnutrition.

Recently, nutrition experts at a two-day meeting in New York City, organized by Columbia University’’s Institute of Human Nutrition and the humanitarian organization Medecins sans Frontieres, called on the international community to urgently focus its efforts on delivering more food aid, of better quality, to prevent and treat malnutrition in the highest-burden areas.

“Such an emergency measure is clearly needed to bring down death rates as quickly as possiblebut it is not a sufficient long-term approach to the global malnutrition crisis,” say the PLoS Medicine editors.

Therefore, the editors argue that a broader and longer-term strategy is required to address global food insecurity.

They say that such a strategy would include “an array of policies to stimulate local agricultural and economic developmentparticularly the economic and social empowerment of women, the primary caregivers in most households.” (ANI)

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