Cash Transfers and Food Security

Twenty-one percent of children in India under five years of age suffer from wasting, according to the 2017 Global Hunger Index. In addition, nutrition interventions in the country, including the Integrated Child Development Services and the National Health Mission, have not achieved adequate rates of coverage.

State of Food Security and Nutrition

A new publication (published by FAO, IFAD, UNICEF, WHO, and WFP) reports that, following on two decades of declining hunger, the number of chronically undernourished people in the world increased to 815 million in 2016, up from 777 million in 2015. Approximately 190 million of these people live in India, according to the report.

Accelerating Nutrition Improvements in Odisha

Despite continued high levels of poverty and social inequality, Odisha has made significant progress in improving women’s and children’s nutrition and health outcomes over the past 25 years, according to a new article (1) published in Global Food Security.

Vitamin A deficiency among rural women

Vitamin A deficiency remains a significant public health problem in many developing countries, including India. This micronutrient deficiency, which most commonly affects pregnant women, women of reproductive age (15-48 years of age), and young children, can lead to vision problems and blindness, anemia, decreased ability to fight off infections, increased risk of morbidity and mortality during pregnancy, low birth weight, and increased risk of child mortality.

Trends in Nutrition Outcomes and Determinants in India

While India has made significant progress in nutrition incomes for women and children over the past ten years, this progress has not been uniform across states, and several regions still lag behind national nutrition and health trends and program implementation.

Bihar's Burden of Child Stunting

The Indian state of Bihar has very high rates of child stunting, estimated at 48 percent in 2016 by the International Institute for Population Sciences.  This average masks disparities at the district level which are needed to implement policies to target malnutrition. A recent paper in Economic and Political Weekly provides a disaggregated district- level analysis of child stunting in the Indian state of Bihar.

Gender Justice and Food Security

Multiple studies have shown that a strong relationship exists between gender inequality and food insecurity.  Historically, however, the discourses around food security and nutrition in India have not incorporated or been framed around gender issues.

Why India must confront its nutrition problems now

By Purnima Menon and  Amrutha Jose Pampackal.  This blog originally appeared at IFPRI's website.

Agri-Food Value Chain Interventions

India has the largest number of undernourished people globally including a 40 percent stunting rate in many states. Efforts addressing undernutrition in developing countries have predominantly focused on boosting production and consumption of nutritious foods by farm households. However, it is increasingly recognised that a majority of the poor derive some or all of their food through markets. This requires that attention is given to the functioning of the agri-food value chains through which food is produced, processed, stored and distributed, and how this can be improved.


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