Why NetProFaN?

Although India has undergone a positive transition of declining under-nutrition, still levels of stunting, wasting andunderweight are alarming. The prevalence of micronutrient deficiencies, primarily anaemia, bothamong children and womenis high. Further, the last two decades have seen the emergence of over-nutrition (overweight and obesity) and rise in the prevalence of non-communicable diseases like diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, etc. Food Safety is another area of concern, which needs appropriate attention to tackle the growing levels of food borne illnesses like diarrhoea. All these nutritional concerns are interlinked and requires strategies to sensitize and educate citizens on importance of safe food and good nutrition for healthy living.

As professionals in the field of nutrition and health, we are well-equipped to positively influence various key players in the food value chain. We, as professionals, are recognized as a credible source of evidence-based knowledge and influencers of policies and programmes. Our associations not only bring together a pool of experts in the areas of food safety, food science, nutrition, culinary and public health but are also connected to various communities of students through educational institutes, patients, consumers and general public. Further, the chapters of our associations are spread across the country and are already engaged in carrying out various activities around food safety and nutrition.

As a common platform for all professionals in the field of food and nutrition with a common goal to promote public health, NetProFaN gives us the opportunity to synergize our efforts to create a robust ecosystem of safe and healthy food in the country.