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While Millions Starve, India’s Govt tells UNICEF To Take Their Food Back

In Food/Drink, Health, Human Rights, India on August 25, 2009 at 6:59 am

“No outside help. Let them eat local food” is the Indian Government’s attitude as it tells UNICEF they don’t need Plumpy’nut, an acclaimed French-made product used to treat severe acute malnutrition. Except no local solution exists.

And while some eight million Indian children are so underfed they need emergency therapeutic intervention, the Indian Government buries its proverbial babu head in the sand. “The tragedy is there seems to be no middle road: Can’t we use a solution that exists while we work on a local solution? Because there are those eight million kids,” said Purnima Menon, a researcher with the Asia office of the International Food Policy Research Institute.

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