Staff Correspondent: On Wednesday (20 March 2019), speakers shed some light on RMG workers’ nutrition and productivity improvement in a roundtable discussion on “ADEQUATE NUTRITION FOR WORKERS – ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL BENEFITS OF FORTIFIED RICE” jointly organized by UNWFP and Social Responsibility (SR) Asia Bangladesh.
Mr. Sarkar Abul Kalam Azad, Honorable Additional Secretary, Ministry of Food was present as Chief Guest with welcome speech by Dr. Mahfuzul Haque, Director of SR Asia Bangladesh. Ms. Sabina Alam, Vice President, BWCCI, Mr. Anwar-Ul Alam Chowdhury (Parvez), Former President, BGMEA were also present as Special Guest.
Mr. Rezaul Karim, Head of Programme, UNWFP Bangladesh presented “Evidence and innovation of fortified rice”. During his presentation, Mr. Karim highlighted the “Scaling Up Rice Fortification” initiative aims to reduce micronutrient deficiencies in high-risk groups with a strong focus on women and children, by providing rice fortified with essential vitamins and minerals.
The roundtable was organized to acknowledge the changing paradigm of economy in Bangladesh as well as discuss with RMG stakeholders about giving emphasis to workers’ healthcare and the nutritional conditions that can contributes to improved the productivity of the workers. Around twenty (20) brands and 30 factory top management representatives were present in the round table discussion. With funding from the Kingdom of the Netherlands and support from DSM, this joint initiative between WFP and the Government of Bangladesh is being implemented since 2013.