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HarvestPlus and Symbiosis International University Partner to Transform School Feeding in India

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27 April 2024, Pune: HarvestPlus is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with the Symbiosis International University, Symbiosis School of Culinary Arts (SSCA) – Nutrition & Dietetics Program aimed at promoting health and education among children in India. This collaboration is a significant milestone in HarvestPlus’ commitment to ensuring that every child has access to nutritious food and quality education.

“By integrating biofortified crops into school feeding programs, we are creating a lasting impact on the lives of children across the country. Our partnership reflects a shared commitment to improving nutrition and education outcomes,” said Ravinder Grover, Global Business Manager, HarvestPlus Solutions.  “Through this program, we aim to empower schools and communities to provide nutritious meals to children, ensuring they have the foundation needed to thrive and succeed. This holistic approach not only addresses immediate nutritional needs but also lays the groundwork for a healthier future generation, capable of achieving their full potential,” he added.

Prof. Atul A Gokhale—Director, Symbiosis School of Culinary Arts at Symbiosis International University said the partnership will focus on implementing the Nutri-Pathshala model in schools. The model is designed to raise awareness about biofortified crops and strengthen food and nutrition security. By integrating biofortified crops into school feeding programs through various initiatives, Harvest Plus and Symbiosis School of Culinary Arts, Nutrition & Dietetics Program aims to improve the health and well-being of children across India.

“The association with IFPRI-HarvestPlus will immensely increase the student opportunities in academics, research, and community service, development, nutrition literacy and innovations – much useful for institutions striving for excellence in nutritional sciences,” said Prof. Dr. Kavitha Menon, Head, Nutrition & Dietetics Program, Symbiosis School of Culinary Arts, Symbiosis International University, Pune, India.

Malnutrition is a pressing issue in India, especially among children, with widespread zinc and iron deficiencies hindering their growth and development. This Nutri-Pathshala initiative champions biofortification techniques, ensuring school children have access to a balanced diet packed with essential nutrients. By promoting consumption of biofortified crops, Nutri-Pathshala tackles malnutrition at its core, providing a sustainable solution for healthier futures.

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