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Government of Canada, IDRC to boost food security for Vietnamese children

Staff writer |
​Global Affairs Canada and IDRC are collaborating on an initiative to improve nutrition and food security for Vietnamese children. Malnutrition affects an estimated 780,000 children in Vietnam annually.

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Through the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund (CIFSRF), IDRC and Global Affairs Canada are contributing $1.16 million to support researchers from Vietnam’s National Institute of Nutrition and Canada’s Ryerson University to implement proven methods to improve children’s health.

Researchers will work to increase local production and distribution of complementary and therapeutic foods for children that are high in nutrients and energy dense, such as micronutrient-enriched pastes, bars, instant flours, and pablums.

‎"As part of our commitment to becoming a leader in development innovation and effectiveness, our Government will look for evidence-based solutions to help the world’s poorest and most vulnerable,” said Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie.

“As such we are proud of the collaboration that will deliver the therapeutic nutrition Vietnam's poorest children need to survive and thrive.”

“IDRC is taking an innovative, knowledge-based approach to arrive at nutrition solutions, so children in Vietnam, and elsewhere, can have healthier lives and brighter futures,” said IDRC President Jean Lebel.

The project will run in three rural regions of northern Vietnam, directly benefiting an estimated 15,000 of the country’s most malnourished children.

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