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'Ensuring nutritious foods key to sustainable development'

Staff Correspondent
18 Nov 2020 20:14:47 | Update: 18 Nov 2020 21:05:32
'Ensuring nutritious foods key to sustainable development'

Eating a nutritious diet is very important in times of Covid. And ensuring the supply of nutrition-dense foods in the country can pave the way for sustainable development, according to experts.

In this regard, the country's businessmen can play an important role, they said at a mask distribution programme in the capital on Wednesday.

Switzerland-based development organisation Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) took the initiative for distributing the masks at different markets in the capital.    

As part of its activities in the wake of the "second wave of coronavirus", GAIN distributed 4,200 fabric face masks among 300 businessmen and customers at Bonolata Wet Market in the morning.

Attending the event as the chief guest, ASM Ferdous Alam, No 18 ward councillor of Dhaka South City Corporation, called on traders and customers to maintain the Covid protocols.

Mohammad Mizanur Rahman, zonal executive director (zone 1) of Dhaka South City Corporation, Dr Rudaba Khondker, Bangladesh Country Director of GAIN, Dr Ashek Mahfuz, Portfolio Lead of GAIN, were also present.

A project titled ‘EatSafe: Evidence and Action towards Safe, Nutrition Food: Covid-19 Response’ was launched on August 24 this year to ensure the supply of nutritious foods and smooth market management amid Covid.

Unnayan Sangha and ARCED Foundation in association with GAIN are jointly implementing the year-long project, funded by USAID, Global Affairs Canada (GAC) and the Government of the Netherlands.