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The Fundamental Causes of Malnutrition in Bangladesh / Published May 7, 2018 by Sousan Suha

Sousan Suha

The Fundamental Causes of Malnutrition in Bangladesh

The high level of malnutrition in Bangladesh is instigated by a number of concerns. As the population of the country continues to increase, the number of malnourished people also rises simultaneously- unless the problems are being properly addressed.
Poverty and inequality are rudimentary factors of malnutrition in Bangladesh. Here, the gap between the poorest and the richest groups in relation to malnutrition is 28%. A change has to be brought in this scenario in order for Bangladesh to really address its malnutrition burden. Nutrition is related to poverty, which is widespread and affects the bottom and middle wealth quintiles. The capacity to afford a nutritious diet is restricted to the better-off sections of Bangladeshi society.
The underlying grounds of malnutrition in Bangladesh manifest at household and community levels across two pathways-
(i) Household food security: access to food, land and water.
In 2011, 69% of Bangladeshi households experienced some form of food insecurity. Bangladesh is heavily populated, resulting into a limited supply of land and resources. The intensity of the seasons proliferates susceptibility to limited food access for the poorest. Groundbreaking methodologies for resourcing poor areas are needed to allow them to leverage the natural and human resources available to them, increase access to food and achieve more sustainable livelihoods.
(ii) Caring practices for women and children
Despite progress since 1971 – exemplified by effective family planning and a radical drop in fertility rates – women in Bangladesh continues have a lower social status than men. This is profoundly rooted in cultures and traditions that place greater value on male and female as social and economic burdens. Women’s status remains low from one generation to the next because of a preference for sons- because daughters have less access to food, health services and education. Women are a vital part of the solution of improving nutrition in Bangladesh, and therefore more attention must be given to empowering women.

Around 20% of babies in Bangladesh are born stunted. Girls who marry young typically give birth at younger ages. Giving birth at a young age enhances the danger of intra-uterine growth retardation, leading to stunting at birth. Child marriage leads to girls dropping out of education and confines their social progress. It preserves an unequal society, enhancing female susceptibility. Child marriage, early pregnancy and stunting at birth are critical points for malnutrition across the lifecycle.

An ingenious social protection system has the potential to positively mark all of the concerns delineated and improve nutrition in Bangladesh. It is a sustainable, cost-effective nutrition-sensitive approach. Every US dollar invested in programs to reduce stunting in Bangladesh generates US$17.9–18.4 in economic returns.

Birth of Super Shroom / Published May 7, 2018 by A K M Tousif Tanzim Ahmed

A K M Tousif Tanzim Ahmed

Birth of Super Shroom

The ideation of Super Shroom was a lengthy one. Happened in bits and pieces having gone through countless tweaks and rendition till it reached the final state. Little known fact to us was the nutritional content of mushrooms and its capabilities as a preventive measure to numerous many diseases starting from cancer to diabetes and more. This we got to know later though. One day in a conversation with a friend of ours, Zisan was telling us how 8-10 years back,there used to be a hype for mushroom cultivation in his hometown, specially among the women folks.They cultivated themselves and the family consumed directly. We got curious as to why the growing trend died down.Digging deeper we found that it was a marketing failure of the government introducing mushrooms into the widespread mainstream market.Later on we discovered how mushroom was a super food in all sense of the meaning. The rest was just a matter of connecting the super food solution to the problem of malnutrition. Learning about TFF 2018, we thought why not just think out a self-sustaining business model for Super Shroom and if things turn out to be in favor, go for mass implementation of the idea.

Mid Work Chills! / Published May 7, 2018 by A K M Tousif Tanzim Ahmed

A K M Tousif Tanzim Ahmed

Mid Work Chills!

While working for TFF, the team had to invest in numerous stay over throughout the months and had the pleasure of making some memorable good times.The clock hitting midnight meant it's tea time on the streets whilst brainstorming all along. For different surveys, institute visits and expert advice we made several all day trips outside the city while counting those as mini tours. One evening while working on the write ups we came across a pretty neat pizza offer on facebook. The place was nearby, the offer was too good so we ditched work for the day heading for the pizza place. Should not have left my seat for a second for going to the bathroom. There was not a french-fry left by the time I got back. Now I have food insecurity because of my 'Thought for Food' team mates. Anyways, we counted that eat out as a late birthday treat for the youngest member of the team Bappy! Throughout the whole working process these little chill sessions kept happening making working not seem like work! Kind of missing the times already thinking about it as we're putting the last touches to our submission.

Malnutrition in Bangladesh / Published May 7, 2018 by A K M Tousif Tanzim Ahmed

A K M Tousif Tanzim Ahmed

Malnutrition in Bangladesh

Agriculture remains a primary source of energy and nutrients for the population. In this regards, agriculture/food systems are trying to encompass activities related to production, acquisition, and utilization of food to prevent both under and over nutrition in an economically, environmentally, socially and culturally sustainable way. Accordingly, agricultural/ food systems including livestock and fisheries are being strengthened to contribute adequately and efficiently towards meeting the dietary and nutritional needs of the population , although still narrowing the nutrition gap is the challenge ahead– the gap between what foods are grown and available and what foods are needed for a healthy diet and better nutrition. Although, overall, food insecurity and under-nutrition are generally worse in rural areas and urban slums. However, there are several food and agriculture programme and projects, where nutrition objectives have been integrated. However the focus largely remains on food availability or production of food or agricultural products. The Fishery Policy of Bangladesh has focused the increased production and conservation of fishery resources for increasing production to meet the nutrition requirement of the growing population of the country.

Given the current food and nutrition situation, following areas are required to scale up and accelerate action within the food and agriculture sector and across sectors to improve nutrition:

Multiple sectors, notably health and agriculture, are players in the achievement of national nutrition objectives. Investments in capacity strengthening of national health and agricultural/food systems to integrate nutrition outcomes in planning and policy processes will make significant
contributions to improving nutrition on a sustainable basis. The role of these food based social safety net programmes and social protection programmes need to focus nutrition objective. Aligning national development policies and programs with key nutrition outcomes can increase the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by at least 2-3% annually and help to break the cycle of poverty. Education and IT sector could play an important role to ensure food and nutrition security. Nutrition education needs to be institutionalized using common strategies and core messaging so as to impact nutrition behavior change. There is need for strengthening a nutrition orientation to agriculture. Narrowing the nutrition gap is a challenge - the gap between what foods are grown and available and what foods are needed for better nutrition. Programmes to diversify food habits and promote the consumption of these foods are being strengthened but need to expedite the process. The Bangladesh National Nutrition Council and the National Food Policy Plan of Action (2008 - 2015) can serve as a reference point for monitoring the implementation of the food security and nutrition relevant actions based on core output and outcome level indicators.

Amazing Health Benefits of Oyster Mushrooms / Published May 4, 2018 by Sousan Suha

Sousan Suha

Amazing Health Benefits of Oyster Mushrooms

Oyster mushroom is a superfood found far and wide in the world. This cultivation procedure of mushroom is simple and can be grown easily at home.
Researches have now established that oyster mushroom is more than mere functional food. It is an effective medicine renowned for its remedial competences, compared to other medicinal mushrooms.

1. Immune System Support
The ability of oyster mushrooms to augment one’s immune system as well as increase its regulation is its most significant health benefit. Thus, who wish to fortify their immune system to fight cancer or other infectious diseases and those suffering from autoimmune disorders or allergies can certainly benefit from this mushroom.
2. Antiviral
Oyster mushrooms can exert both direct and indirect antiviral effects through immune system-enhancing activity. Ubiquitin is an antiviral protein isolate from oyster mushrooms. It also has the ability to hinder cell replication in viruses including HIV.
3. Anti-Cancer
Polysaccharides have powerful anti-tumor activity in both in-vitro and animal studies, which can be found in oyster mushrooms. Polysaccharide pleuran, an antioxidant– has shown promise in fighting colon cancer. The potential to reduce DNA damage through multiple mechanisms is also exhibited by oyster mushrooms.
4. Antimicrobial
Oyster mushrooms are useful against drug resistant E. Coli and Staph. Infections, Candida overgrowth and Streptococcus or Enterococcus infections.
5. Lowers Blood Pressure
Oyster mushrooms have a relaxation influence on the muscle of the arterial walls, that successfully lowers blood pressure.
6. Lowers Blood Sugar
High blood sugar is a symptom of type I and type II diabetes. Guanide puts forth a powerful anti-hyperglycemic effect, naturally lowering blood sugar levels, and the high fiber and beneficial protein content and the low-fat content of mushroom makes it an ideal food for anybody who wants to fight diabetes naturally.
7. Lower Cholesterol Levels
Oyster mushrooms help lower cholesterol naturally and fast in some animal studies. A study published in the journal Mycobiology, showed that supplementation with oyster mushrooms helped reduce total cholesterol levels by 37 percent and lowered triglycerides by 45 percent in rats.
8. Anti-inflammatory
Oyster mushrooms an anti-inflammatory effect within the body by down-regulating pro-inflammatory pathways involved in both chronic and acute type hyper-inflammatory conditions.
9. Boost Brain Health
Oyster mushrooms are rich in many of the nutrients that boost brain function. Niacin protects against Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline in older adults in clinical research. A 2014 review out of Belgium suggested that riboflavin supplementation may have therapeutic effects against Brown’s syndrome, a type of motor neuron disorder, found in oyster mushrooms.

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