• Report tracks progress towards SDG 2 and World Health Assembly targets on nutrition in Asia and Pacific region.
• Achieving the SDGs- Progress on food security and nutrition has slowed, and region is not on track to achieving 2030 targets.
• Around 1.9 billion people in region cannot afford a healthy diet.
• Diet is considered unaffordable if costs exceed 63% of a person’s income.
• Impact of a poor diet is most severe in first 1,000 days of human life.
• India, just 42% of children aged 6-23 months are fed the required number of times per day.
• Report highlighted changing face of malnutrition, with highly processed and inexpensive foods.
• Such food items lack vitamins and minerals and also increase risk of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
• Because of COVID-19, a 14.3% increase in the prevalence of moderate or severe wasting among children under 5 years of age is predicted.
Mains Paper 2: International
Prelims level: Asia and the Pacific regional overview of food security and nutrition 2020
Mains level: Key Findings of the report