Rice alone does not make the cut for a healthy diet

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A Laotian mother and child

In the Lao People's Democratic Republic, rice is a staple food  and even the word 'eat' actually means 'eat rice'.

But rice alone is not sufficient to meet the dietary needs of children.

The UN Children's Fund, (UNICEF) in partnership with the European Union and the Government of Laos,  started a project called the Maternal and Young Child Nutrition Security Initiative in Laos where overconsumption of rice led to malnutrition in children.

Beng Poblete Enriquez spoke to UNICEF's Uma Palaniappan, a nutrition specialist in the country about the programme.

Duration: 4'46"

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