Bharatiya Poshan Krishi Kosh | 19 Nov 2019

The Ministry of Women and Child Development has launched the Bharatiya Poshan Krishi Kosh (BPKK) in New Delhi.

  • The BPKK will be a repository of diverse crops across agro-climatic zones in India for better nutritional outcomes.
  • The country has been broadly divided into fifteen agricultural regions based on agro climatic features, particularly soil type, climate including temperature and rainfall and its variation and water resources.

  • During the launch event, the father of the Green Revolution in India, M S Swaminathan put forward the five-point action programme for making India nutrition secure. These are:
    • Ensure calorie rich diet for women, expectant mothers and children.
    • Ensure intake of proteins in the form of pulses to eradicate protein hunger in women and children.
    • Eradicate hidden hunger due to deficiency of micronutrients like vitamin A, vitamin B, Iron and Zinc.
    • Ensure clean drinking water supply.
    • Spreading nutrition literacy in every village particularly in mothers with children less than 100 days’ old.
  • The five point action programme also aligns with different Sustainable Development Goals such as SDG 2 (Zero Hunger), SDG 3 (Good Health and Well Being) and SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation).
  • The Government has launched programmes such as POSHAN Abhiyaan and Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY) to tackle malnutrition prevalent in the country.

Source: PIB