U.N. injects 5 mln USD for Cambodian children, food security

19:21, June 08, 2010      

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The United Nations announced on Tuesday to launch a three-year joint program of 5 million U.S. dollars to improve food security and reduce under-nutrition among children, pregnant women, and lactating mothers.

The program will be piloted in Cambodia's two provinces of Svay Rieng and Kampong Speu, considered by the World Food Program to be "chronically food-insecure," said the UNDP press release.

The joint program, to be implemented between 2010 and 2012, was developed in close consultation between government ministries, U.N. agencies and other relevant stakeholders.

U.N. Resident Coordinator Douglas Broderick said in the release, "The joint program provides a unique opportunity to strengthen the government's response to food insecurity and malnutrition in Cambodia. It is also a significant step forward for the U.N. in Cambodia to deliver as one."

Levels of maternal and child under-nutrition are considerably high in Cambodia, said the release.

Poverty, food insecurity, inadequate knowledge and poor nutrition and feeding practices are the main causes of malnutrition among women and children in the country, it said.

The Cambodia anthropometrics survey in 2008 showed that 39.5 percent of children below the age of five were chronically malnourished, 28.8 percent underweight and 8.9 percent acutely malnourished, said the release.

Source: Xinhua


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