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India's PM decries national shame of malnutrition

India's PM decries national shame of malnutrition

Posted 11 January 2012, 13:02 AEDT

India's prime minister Manmohan Singh has described the problem of malnutrition in his country as a national shame.

A recent survey conducted by an alliance of non governmental organisations says 42 percent of Indian children under the age of five are malnourished. In fact the World Bank in its 2011 ranking on world hunger placed India second only to Bangladesh in malnutrition among children aged five and under, placing it in a worse position than Sub Saharan Africa. Dr Ajay Parida, the executive director of the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation in Chennai says malnutrition has remained a consistent problem in India despite efforts by the government to address it.

Presenter: Kanaha Sabapathy

Speakers: Dr Ajay Parida, the executive director of the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation

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