Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - CARD, UN on nutrition drive

CARD, UN on nutrition drive

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Sok Silo, secretary-general of the Council for Agricultural and Rural Developent (CARD) and country director for the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement, during an online meeting to disseminate strategies for the nutrition promotion movement on May 31. FB

CARD, UN on nutrition drive

The Council for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD), in collaboration with the UN World Food Programme (WFP), have launched a dissemination strategy for the SUN Business Network (SBN) – a key part of the global Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement – in a bid to improve nutrition nationwide.

According to the Food Security and Nutrition Information Bureau of Cambodia, the virtual launch in late May was attended by 115 participants.

Sok Silo – CARD secretary-general and country coordinator for the SUN Movement – said the Cambodia programme consists of four main networks. These include the UN network led by the WFP, the donor network led by the German embassy in Phnom Penh, the civil society network led by the Foundation for International Development/Relief (FIDR) and the SBN network led by CARD.

“SBN is a forum for the private sector to take part in the promotion of nutrition through commitment, investment, meetings to discuss and exchange experiences, ideas and new initiatives. We hope it will inspire others to join,” he said.

Silo added that the network will also be a forum where participants can learn from each other and improve the operations and processes of their businesses. The participation of the private sector was of vital importance in promoting nutrition and healthy, sustainable diets as part of socio-economic development.

According to the food security bureau, the private sector has a presence in all stages of the food system, ranging from food product, supply chains, processing, the introduction of new products and product marketing.

“Food supply chains and consumer attitudes are interconnected and have strong connections to the private sector, and these relationships have serious impacts on diet and nutrition,” it said.

It added that the private sector has an important role in promoting nutrition in Cambodia through a variety of food production activities, and offering a mix of dishes that are nutritious, safe and affordable. The supply of materials and the provision of services that help promote hygienic measures and public health are also heavily influenced by the private sector. These two areas positively impact nutritional outcomes.

In addition, some private companies are beginning to fortify daily food basics such as milled rice, fish sauce and soy sauce. This is important intervention which promotes public nutrition – and thus, productivity – it added.

“The implementation of nutrition programmes in the workplace – especially for companies with large workforces such as garment and footwear factories – is of real importance in promoting health and improving work efficiency,” said the bureau.

MOST VIEWED

  • Hong Kong firm done buying Coke Cambodia

    Swire Coca-Cola Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hong Kong-listed Swire Pacific Ltd, on November 25 announced that it had completed the acquisition of The Coca-Cola Co’s bottling business in Cambodia, as part of its ambitions to expand into the Southeast Asian market. Swire Coca-Cola affirmed

  • Moody’s sets outlook rating to ‘negative’ for Cambodia

    US global rating agency Moody’s Investors Service Inc on November 15 announced that it downgraded Cambodia’s outlook from “stable” to “negative” and maintained its B2 local and foreign currency issuer ratings. “The negative outlook reflects a deteriorating external position as illustrated by the severe

  • NagaWorld union leader arrested at airport after Australia trip

    Chhim Sithar, head of the Labour Rights Supported Union of Khmer Employees at NagaWorld integrated casino resort, was arrested on November 26 at Phnom Penh International Airport and placed in pre-trial detention after returning from a 12-day trip to Australia. Phnom Penh Municipal Court Investigating Judge

  • Korean first lady paves way for ill boy’s surgery

    A 14-year-old boy with congenital heart disease who was lucky enough to meet with South Korean first lady Kim Keon-hee may get the chance of a lifetime and receive surgery and treatment at Asan Medical Center in Seoul, South Korea. After seeing his plight, many

  • Kingdom’s rice crowned world’s No1

    Cambodia’s Phka Rumduol jasmine variety has been crowned the World’s Best Rice for the fifth time at the TRT (The Rice Trader) World Rice Conference in Phuket, Thailand on November 17, according to leaders of the Kingdom’s apex rice industry body. Phka Rumduol

  • Ministry to 'seek justice' for officials indicted in US for 'monkey smuggling'

    The Cambodian government and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said they will make the “utmost effort” to seek justice for a Cambodian official arrested in John F Kennedy International Airport in New York for allegedly conspiring to smuggle crab-eating macaque monkeys (Macaca fascicularis)