Scale up interventions to fight malnutrition

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National Food and Nutrition Commission (NFNC) Acting Executive Director Musonda Mofu says there is need to scale up interventions in on order to fight malnutrition in Zambia.

Mr Musonda said that most children in Zambia are stunted because mechanisms put in place to monitor nutrition changes have not yielded positive results as they have not reached the intended targets.

Mr Musonda was speaking  during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between NFNC and Scaling Up Nutrition Fund in Lusaka.

The Executive Director said challenges associated with nutrition need to be addressed as they reduce productivity at individual level.

He added that when productivity reduces it results into negative effects such as poor nutrition which in turn hinders economic development.

The MOU is aimed at supporting the implementation of nutrition programmes at national level in order to improve nutrition in the country.

And CARE International Country Director Dennis O’brian said there is need to ensure that children receive the correct quantities of food as stunted children do not develop into productive children.

Mr. O’brian said stunted children do not realise their full potential in life which is retrogressive to the nation.