Based on the Study of CFNS and SDRC, Union Minister recommends Odisha Millets Mission (OMM) – Framework for Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture Initiatives

Written by Dinesh Balam, WASSAN | February 11, 2020

Conference Room of Hon’ble Minister of Petroleum and Steel, Government of India  – Download the study

Comparison between NFHS and CNNS data for Odisha prepared by SDRC in collaboration with CFNS presented to Union Minister Shri Dharmendra Pradhan on 29 Nov’2019. The recently released Comprehensive National Nutrition Survey (CNNS) 2016-2018 conducted by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, UNICEF with the support of Population Council researchers provides a nationally representative data on the nutritional status of preschoolers (0–4 years), school-age children (5–9 years) and adolescents (10–19 years) with an aim to estimate the prevalence of malnutrition among children and adolescents and to identify key factors associated with nutrition.


  1. Follow the life cycle approach with focus on 1st 1000 days
  2. Strengthen Poshan Abhiyan outreach through intensive awareness campaign
  3. Promote dietary diversity for balanced and healthy diet
  4. Implement integrated rainfed agriculture centric programmes with focus on pulses, millets, backyard poultry, kitchen garden and small fisheries
  5. Use technology solution for robust and transparent monitoring mechanism


This survey was also one of the largest micronutrient surveys ever implemented globally. This report can provide direction to guide us in the right direction to reach the target of National Nutrition Mission 2022 and UN Sustainable Development Goals that aims to end all forms of hunger and malnutrition by 2030.

Dr Sujeet Ranjan, Executive Director, the Coalition for Food and Nutrition Security (CFNS) and its members met with the Honourable Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Minister of Steel, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan. CFNS made a presentation to the Honourable Minister on the vision and objectives of CFNS and its proposed plan to set up Odisha State Chapter in close coordination with CFNS members.

The Coalition also presented a plan to the Honourable Minister for getting the desired nutrition outcomes among the mothers and children in the Eastern Region (Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh) through multisectoral approach, active nutrition working group, Purvodaya Poshan Manthan on learnings and best practises among government, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), academicians, technical institutions, corporates etc.

Honourable Minister released the data sheet of key nutrition indicators based on NFHS, RSOC and CNNS and key policy asks for nutrit ion outcomes which was prepared by Siddha Development Research and Consultancy Pvt. Ltd (SDRC) in collaboration with CFNS.

The Honorable Minister commended the comprehensive framework of “Odisha Millets Mission” and said such end to end approach should be taken up for nutrition sensitive agriculture initiatives.

The Honorable Minister reinforced the commitment of government to inform the nutrition status of mother and child and suggested a coordinated approach for East India states to address malnutrition. If these states improve nutrition outcomes, then India will be able to achieve the nutrition mission as well as SDG goals. He urged for a “Purvodaya Poshan Consultation” which will bring together diverse stakeholders from these states for dialogue and learning from each other’s best practices. He also said he will write to respective state governments as well as key ministries including MoWCD, HRD, Agriculture, Fisheries, Animal husbandry, Water Sanitation, Social Welfare, Tribal Welfare, etc. to concert a collaborative effort.


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