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Nutrition Olympiad 2018

Child malnutrition has shown significant decline by a third since the mid-90s to the present time, but the levels of chronic malnutrition are still high with 36% of malnourished children found in Bangladesh. Stunting and micronutrient deficiencies such as anemia are also major malnutrition related health concerns for the adolescents. The prevalence of obesity is increasing in an alarming rate especially in the urban areas which increases the risk for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). Realization of Bangladesh’s national development goals set in the Seventh Five Year Plan and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the 2030 Agenda will be hampered in absence of rigorous actions.
To address malnutrition collectively in Bangladesh, with a special focus on youth, ‘Nutrition Olympiad 2018’ was held on Saturday, 21st April 2018 at the Bangabandhu International Convention Centre (BICC), Agargaon, Sher-E-Bangla Nagar, Dhaka as a kick-off event of the National Nutrition Week. The Nutrition Olympiad 2018 is the second episode of the annual competition organized for the youth and adolescents to showcase progress of the school Nutrition Clubs they belong to as well as upholding their knowledge, talent and potentials in improving dietary habits while addressing malnutrition in Bangladesh. This event was jointly organized by the Bangladesh Institute of ICT in Development (BIID), Ministry of Food, and the Meeting the Undernutrition Challenge (MUCH)– a project implemented by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) with financial assistance from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the European Union (EU). SUCHANA–financially supported by the Department for International Development (DFID) and the EU, Global Improved Alliance for Nutrition (GAIN) and other organizations are supporting the event as the “strategic partners” & read more..

Goal of Nutrition Olympiad

Nutrition Olympiad 2018 is aimed at strengthening a national platform for youth and relevant stakeholders for knowledge sharing and demonstrating the potentials of youth engagement in nutrition activities towards improving diets and addressing malnutrition.

    The Olympiad will also have following specific objectives:
  • Engage youth in the development and implementation of national policies and strategies related to improving nutrition in Bangladesh
  • Exchange ideas and initiatives, and seek innovative solutions for the role of youth to improve nutrition in rural and urban areas (as well as learnings from other countries)
  • Build partnerships between youth and government, international and national organizations, academia and private sector actors for improved nutrition of children and youth
  • Strengthen capacity of youth in nutrition leadership and skills and for deepening technical knowledge in food security and nutrition

April 21

Hall of Fame & Windy Town, BICC



Winners of various competitions

Best Nutrition Club and Best New Club

Bangladesh Agricultural University Nutrition Club

Protiva Bikash Center

Best Advisor, Volunteer and Member

MS. Suraia Sultana, IGGSC Nutrition Club

Shashwatee Shah, ULAB Nutrition & Wellness Club

Md. Ruhul Amin, BAU Nutrition Club

Mini Essay Competition

Shahrin Sultana Tani

Winner-Group A, Protiva Bikash Centre Nutrition Club

S.M.Mubashir Maahi

Winner-Group B, Maple Leaf International School Nutrition Club

Srijony Mondal

Winner-Group C, College of Home Economics Nutrition Club

Healthy Recipe Competition

Tanusree Pramanik

Bangladesh Agricultural University Nutrition Club

Food Design Competition

Safrin Amin Antora

College of Home Economics Nutrition Club

Zinatul Jahra Oishi

College of Home Economics Nutrition Club

Jannatul Ferdous

College of Home Economics Nutrition Club

Healthy Diet Chart Competition

Mawlana Bhashani Science and Technology University Nutrition Club

Street Play Competition

Bangladesh Agricultural University Nutrition Club

Speakers / Judges

Advocate Md Qamrul Islam, MP

Honorable Minister, Ministry of Food

Mr. Zunaid Ahmed Palak, MP

Honorable State Minister, ICT Division

Mr. Shahabuddin Ahmed

Secretary in Charge, Ministry of Food

Mr. M Anis Ud Dowla

Chairman, ACI Limited

Mr. Susanta Kumar Saha

Additional Secretary, Ministry of finance

Mr. David W. Doolan

Representative a.i. in Bangladesh, FAO

Mr. Naoki Minamiguchi

Chief Technical Advisor, MUCH

Ms. Lalita Bhattacharjee

Senior Nutritionist, MUCH

Mr. M Badrul Arefin

Director General, FPMU, Ministry of Food

Dr. Md. Monirul Islam

Director, Nutrition Unit, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council (BARC)


Executive Chef at Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group

Dr. Zeba Mahmud

Country Director, Alive and Thrive Bangladesh

Ms. Andrea Bohn

Associate Director, INGENAES/USAID

KBD Masuma Yunus

Deputy Research Director at Agricultural Policy Support Unit, Ministry of Agriculture

Mr. Muntasir Bhuiyan

COO, Market Access Providers Ltd

Mr. Syed Almas Kabir

President, BASIS

Ms. Safina Rahman

Managing Director, Lakhsma Innerwear LTD.

Mr. Md Shahid Uddin Akbar

CEO, Bangladesh Institute of ICT in Development (BIID)

KAM Morshed

Director, Advocacy for Social Change, Information & Communication Technology and Partnership Strengthening Unit, BRAC

Dr. S. K. Roy

Senior Scientist & Chairperson, Bangladesh Breastfeeding Foundation (BBF)

Dr. Nazma Shaheen

Prof, Dhaka University

Mr. Md. Abdul Mannan

Nutrition Policy Advisor, MUCH

Dr. Abdus Salam Mondol

Head, Public Health Nutrition Department, Primeasia University

Ms. Asfia Azim

Nutrition Advisor, Concern Worldwide, Civil Society Alliance (CSA) for SUN

Dr. Md. M. Islam Bulbul

Deputy Programme Manager, IPHN

Dr. Naziz Binte Alam

Bangladesh National Nutrition Council (BNNC)

Mr. Ayman Sadiq

Founder and CEO, 10 Minute School

Core Team Members

Ms. Maki Noda

Project Coordination and Social Protection Expert, MUCH

Ms. Fatema Mohammad

Deputy Manager (Program), Bangladesh Institute of ICT in Development (BIID)

Mr. Jubayer Rahman

Deputy Manager (Business Development), Bangladesh Institute of ICT in Development (BIID)

Event Schedule

Event Documents

Winning Writings


Strategic Partners


Event FAQs

“Nutrition Olympiad 2018: Empowerment & Nutrition of Youth for a healthy nation” is about bolstering a national platform for youth and relevant stakeholders for knowledge sharing and demonstrating the potentials of youth engagement in nutrition activities towards improving diets and addressing malnutrition. To know more, please visit About Us.
Nutrition Olympiad will be held on April 21, 2018 at Bangabandhu International Convention Centre (BICC) situated at Agargaon, Sher-E-Bangla Nagar, Dhaka - 1207, Bangladesh.
Anyone who has a substantial role in building a healthier nation can join this movement initiated to stand our grounds in ending hunger and malnutrition. Nutrition Olympiad 2018 is open for all and without any participation fee. To participate, register here.
The daylong event comprises of a score of live and inter-active policy discussion sessions, competitions, workshops, street play, photo exhibition, demonstration of activities of Nutrition clubs and other youth organizations, award giving ceremony and so on. For more information, please download the program agenda.
If you are not a member of Nutrition club or other partner youth organizations, you can attend all sessions and other activities such as competition only as audience. Direct participation is not open for all this year. Registration link is available here.
If you are an individual who is a nutrition, youth and empowerment enthusiast, eager to contribute in our movement to root out malnutrition, you can join the Olympiad as a Nutrition Club Volunteer. Once you are a Nutrition Club Volunteer, you are always welcome to join any of our endeavors to fight malnutrition. In order to enroll as Nutrition Club Volunteer, please fill up the form.
There is no specific dress code. Participants can dress in business casual.
Refreshments and lunch will be provided. Please bring your registration confirmation ticket to collect your meal coupons on the day of the event. Registration link is available here.
Any information and communication will be coordinated by Ms Fatema Mohammad, Deputy Manager, BIID. She can be reached at or cell no. +8801717713509, or by contacting BIID, House No. 174, Apt. B3, Level 2, Road No. 2, Mohakhali DOHS, Dhaka 1206, Bangladesh.


Event Location

Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC)

Agargaon, Sher-E-Bangla Nagar, Dhaka - 1207, Bangladesh
Phone: (+880) 2 8714169, (+880) 2 9845909