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Isabela Rep. Albano sets probe on malnutrition problem

Oct 8, 2015 @ 9:43

Isabela 1st District Rep. Rodolfo Albano III will lead an inquiry into the country’s persistent problem on malnutrition and hunger.

Albano said the House Committee on Agriculture and Food specifically wants to determine the current state of food and nutrition security of the country.

The Isabela lawmaker filed House Resolution 2217 “seeking to call on appropriate government departments to identify the causes of unchanging patterns of malnutrition in the country.”

“The appropriate departments should identify the following: bottlenecks on the stages or segments of the food value chain i.e. natural resources and inputs such as seeds, chemicals, pesticides as well as credit; farming , including harvesting and post harvesting; processing; trading and transport; marketing and retailing; and consumption,” Albano pointed out.

Citing the Food and Nutrition Research Institute’s (FNRI) National Nutrition Surveys from 1989 to 2013, Albano said malnutrition among children from 0 to 59 months remains prevalent.

Albano further said the concerned departments should make recommendations considering the importance of governance in food and nutrition security and the need to make food accessible to people, especially those in the lower quintiles.

“The appropriate departments should consider the effects of climate change and ensure that in spite of emergencies due to natural and man-made hazards and conflicts, food and nutrition security is assured among Filipinos, particularly those in the lowest quintiles,” he added.

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