India contributes a third of the global burden of undernutrition. Given India’s population size, investing in actions to reduce all forms of malnutrition is especially important, not just for India itself, but also to support the attainment of global targets. The National Nutritional Strategy launched in 2017 provides the platform for stakeholders to converge together and drive the agenda of “Mission Malnutrition Free India-2022” forward.
Nutrition is central to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda, and at least 12 of the 17 SDGs include indicators relevant for nutrition. In addition, the World Health Assembly in 2012 unanimously endorsed 6 ambitious maternal, infant, and young child nutrition targets and several noncommunicable disease-related targets to be achieved by 2025. These global targets are intended to set the course for country-specific nutrition-focused policies and programmatic actions to address malnutrition and set a better course for human and economic development for all.
The UN Decade of Action on Nutrition offers a robust, common country-driven programme of work for all nutrition stakeholders to increase visibility, coordination, efficiency and effectiveness of policy processes and activities across sectors at national level to achieve the existing global nutrition targets by 2025 and the nutrition-related targets in the Agenda for Sustainable Development by 2030.