Staff Correspondent: Terming food safety and malnutrition as major challenge in Bangladesh, speakers urged entrepreneurs to bring commercially viable and innovative solutions in the market to solve the malnutrition problem.
Poor diet is a major killer when it comes to maintenance of the wellbeing of consumers. Big investment can ensure improved diets for people. There are plenty of opportunities for entrepreneurs to make significant gains in the market through innovative solutions, they observed.
They remarked while addressing Dhaka Roadshow titled ‘Bangladesh NutriStar: Nutrition Innovation Challenge’ at Daffodil International University (DIU) at Dhanmondi in the capital on Monday.
The Nutristar aims to catalyze this innovative business with investment readiness training and access to technical and financial services.
About 31% children (aged under five) are stunted, 26% deaths are caused by poor diets and 77% garment workers are suffering from anemia. Investment in the sector may solve malnutrition problem and also bring Bangladesh to the super highway of development, they said.
Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and World Food Programme (WFP) organized the event in association with DIU and Light Castle Partners.
Moderated by Bijon Islam, CEO of Light Castle Partners, Collen O’Connor, nutrition officer of WFP, Asif Iqbal, lecturer of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Daffodil International University, Syed Muntasir Ridwan, national coordinator of Sun Business Network (SBN), Bangladesh, Zia Ashraf, co-founder and COO of Chaldal.com, Subrata Kumar Kundu, co-founder and CEO of Bhalo Social Enterprise, among others, spoke at the event.
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