UN push to develop new health foods.Byline: Damascus Damascus (dəmăs`kəs), Arabic Dimashq or ash-Sham, city (1995 est. pop. 1,500,000), capital of Syria and of its Damascus governorate, SW Syria, on the eastern edge of the Anti-Lebanon Mts.
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On the occasion of World Food Day, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) issued a challenge to its directors in more than 80 countries worldwide to develop new kinds of nutritional foods using local produce.
The micro-nutrient rich products will be designed to reduce child malnutrition malnutrition, insufficiency of one or more nutritional elements necessary for health and well-being. Primary malnutrition is caused by the lack of essential foodstuffs—usually vitamins, minerals, or proteins—in the diet. , especially among children under two.
"Foods which have been fortified fortified (fôrt´fīd),
adj containing additives more potent than the principal ingredient. for maximum nutritional impact can radically change children's lives," said Josette Sheeran Josette Sheeran is the eleventh Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). She was appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Food and Agriculture Organization Director-General Jacques Diouf in November 20061 , WFP's executive director.
"We're calling on our country leaders to be innovative in the critical area of nutrition," said Sheeran, adding that the irreversible irreversible (ir´ēvur´sebl),
adj incapable of being reversed or returned to the original state. damage of malnutrition -- both physically and mentally - means a life sentence for 178 million children worldwide.
"To address problems faced by poor families in underdeveloped un·der·de·vel·oped
Not adequately or normally developed; immature. areas, WFP will be looking into effective ways of fortifying the food delivered to children in our new Food for Education project in north east of Syria," said Pippa Bradford, WFP representative in Syria.
High food prices, dramatic increases in fuel costs, and profound changes in climate conditions conspired this year to bring new dimensions of suffering and hardship to the poor, depriving almost one billion people of the food they need to live a healthy life.
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In 2007, WFP Syria purchased 1,755 metric tons of food locally to support its programmes.
WFP is the world's single largest purchaser of food for relief and safety net programs such as school feeding. In 2007, while assisting 86 million hungry people, the agency spent $612 million on food in developing countries. This year it expects to purchase nearly $1 billion.
World Food Day is October 16.
The number of undernourished people worldwide recently increased to 923 million in 2008, a rise of 75 million over previous figures.- TradeArabia News Service
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