Malnutrition: Challenges, Success Stories and Way Forward


March 3-4, 2017

About the Programme

Malnutrition among children is a major health challenge facing our Nation. As per the National Family Health Survey (NFHS-3) carried out by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India, 42.5% of the children under 5 years of age are underweight. The Government has accorded high priority to the issue of malnutrition and is implementing several schemes/programmes. This Ministry is implementing Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme, Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of Adolescent Girls (RGSEAG) namely SABLA, and Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojna (IGMSY) as direct targeted interventions. However, incidence of high percentage of malnutrition among children is still prevalent in some of the major states of India, e.g., Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Rajasthan. These data indicate the need for development of implementation strategies to make the Govt. programmes more effective to combat malnutrition among children.

The National Conference is aimed at deliberating various innovative public and private initiatives on combating malnutrition by bringing experts and representatives from Government, Private and NGOs onto a single platform. The conference will provide an opportunity to share the learnings and challenges faced on the ground, brainstorm and formulate an effective policy to combat malnutrition by adopting a coordinated and holistic approach. The session will specially focus on innovative ideas/concepts that have been effective in the field in terms of robustness and scalability in combating malnutrition. It will be an opportunity to young researchers and activists to present their concepts, ideas, experiences and findings as abstracts and display of shortlisted abstracts in the form of posters. The proceedings and deliberations of the meeting will be brought out as a compendium that can serve as a reference document in our fight against malnutrition across the country. There will be detailed Panel Discussion and a declaration that could be adopted as a resolution.



    About CSIR- CFTRI

    Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI), Mysuru established in the year 1950 under the aegis of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Govt. of India is the premier National Laboratory in India devoted to research in the area of food science and technology. Over the years the Institute has created a niche in food research, equipping itself to address several societal problems. The Institute has been focusing on the development of many post harvest technologies including super foods which have provided improved thrust of entrepreneurs, professionals, MSMEs, farmers, multinationals and ultimately benefitting the nation. CSIR-CFTRI is actively pursuing the research and extension activities to contribute to Nation's mission to combat Malnutrition among children. Development of nutritious foods and their reach out to Anganwadi children is undertaken by CSIR-CFTRI in collaboration with Govt. of Karnataka leading to significant improvement in the nutritional status of the children. The efforts to combat Malnutrition among children are being continued.

    About Govt. of Karnataka

    Department of Women & Child Development, Govt. of Karnataka coordinate various programmes for the empowerment of Women and Children of the state. The schemes include ICDS, Bhagyalakshmi, Child tracking systems, Hostel for girls, Scheme for welfare of children in need of care and protection and many more. The department is laying a greater emphasis in the implementation of various nutritious intervention programmes benefiting the children of different age groups and mothers.

    About JSW

    JSW is amongst the leading groups in India, with presence across the vital sectors of the Indian economy. The group is $11 billion conglomerate, with presence across India, USA, South America & Africa. The JSW group is a part of the O.P. Jindal Group with strong footprints across Steel, Energy, Infrastructure, Cement, Ventures and Sports. With a diverse workforce of over 40,000 individuals, JSW is known to be the "strategic first mover" to venture away from status quo, have the conviction to make fundamental changes and drive operational excellence.
    JSW Foundation is the social development arm of JSW group with governing philosophy that every human being has immense potential to flourish given the correct opportunity to thrive. The foundation has its activities woven around the theme 'JANAM SE JANANI TAK JSW AAP KE SATH', depicting its commitment to 'women & children', the most vulnerable section of society. It concentrates on several facets of their development and specially a determination to fight malnutrition among children of the communities.

Participation & Programme


All the stakeholders in the fight against Malnutrition i.e., Govt., Corporate Sector, Researchers and Non Govt. Organisations (NGOs), are invited to share their rich experiences, success stories, concepts and ideas on path forward. More than 100 delegates are expected to participate in the conference. The conference will have technical sessions with lead lectures from eminent speakers. A parallel poster session to accommodate wide spectrum of concepts, and experiences of various stakeholders is also planned. About 30-50 abstracts would be shortlisted for poster presentation. The interested participants can send their abstracts for consideration.


03.03.2017 : Inaugural Session, Technical Session I, II & III, Poster Session

04.03.2017 : Technical Session IV, Panel Discussion, Conference Declaration

Submissiom of Abstracts for Poster Session

The abstracts should be submitted online to:
Or sent as e-mail (Mob.9449264529) on or before February 25, 2017.

Abstract should not exceed 250 words. Decision on shortlisting of abstract for poster presentation will be communicated to the authors through their registered e-mail ID by February 28, 2017. All the selected abstracts will be brought out in the Conference Compendium.
Abstracts are invited on the following topics:

  • Challenges in combating malnutrition
  • Success stories in combating malnutrition
  • Formulating the way forward

Best Poster Award

There will be three awards for best poster presentations. Each award will consists of a certificate and cash prize.

Registration & Accomodation


There is no registration fee for for participation in the conference. The oral presentations in Technical Sessions are by invitation. For Poster Session, the participation is subject to the acceptance of Abstract.


Good hotel accommdation at affordable rates is also available in the vicinity of CSIR-CFTRI campus. The participants will have to bear the accommodation charges. The participants may book their accommodation on their own from the list of Hotels/Guest Houses available on the Conference website. The request for the accommodation may also be made to the organisers by sending the request well in advance. All the participants are requested to send their itinerary for attending the conference by February 28, 2017. (Local transport will be provided to the registered delegates).
Participants have to make their own arrangements for accommodation → Click here for Information about Hotels.

Important Dates

Last date of submission of Abstract : 22nd February 2017
Communication regarding acceptance of abstract for poster presentation : 28th Feb 2017
Last date of registration : 28th February 2017.

Advisory Committee

Advisory Committee

Prof. Ram Rajasekharan
Director, CSIR-CFTRI

Smt. Uma Mahadevan, IAS
Principal Secretary, Women & Child Development Dept.
Govt. of Karnataka

Dr. C.S. Kedar
Chief Executive Officer
JSW Foundation

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