Global Conference on Meeting Nutritional Challenges with Sustainability and Equity

You are pleased to invite you to participate in the "Global Conference on Meeting Nutritional Challenges with Sustainability and Equity" being held at New Delhi on 2nd and 3rd August. The Conference will focus particularly on child malnutrition.
As you are aware, food crisis is deepening globally and women and children are its worst victims. According to WHO (2000), malnutrition is the underlying cause of death of 50% of deaths of children. According to NFHS 3, almost 50% of Indian children are malnourished.
Hunger, malnutrition and poverty are intimately linked. According to the Saxena Report (2009), more than half the population should be counted in the BPL category. Policies related to natural resources and agriculture, as well as new
technologies impact the livelihood options of the vast majority of Indians.
There is a trend to seek solutions to hunger and malnutrition in the market. The corporate sector is increasingly being invited to participate in policy making and delivery systems through Public Private Partnerships.
The Government of India is currently developing the draft for a Food Security Act as part of its election promise to the country. The two day Conference will examine these issues and develop a People’s Charter (Framework for Food and Nutrition Security) as well as lay out the principles and criteria that every PPP must meet, especially in the context of health and nutrition.
The Conference is being jointly organized by International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) Asia , Navdanya, Initiatives for Health Equity in Society, Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India, and Diverse Women for Diversity. Other partners include Child In Need Institute (CINI), International Commission on the Future of Food, Baby Milk Action Network and Centre for Food Safety.

The background note and the programme can be obtained from the address above.

Venue: India International Centre (annexe), Basement Hall
Dates: 2nd and 3rd August

As the Conference has a very limited budget, we are unable to bear the travel, board and lodge of anyone other than the
speakers. However, we appeal to you to attend the Conference and help to develop the People’s Charter for Food and Nutritional Security which they hope to present to policy makers at the national and international level.

A registration form is attached. Please indicate your interest in attending by filling in the form and sending it back to us as
the following email addresses:
Radha Holla
Email: radhahb@yahoo.com
http://us.mc460.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=radhahb@yahoo.com
and /Maria Martin/ - maria@bpni.org
http://us.mc460.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=maria@bpni.org
As the venue hall has limited space, we will confirm your participation on a first come first served basis.