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.

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.

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.

Gender-Just Food Security Dialogue

The India Food Security Portal organized a second national conference on ‘Gender Just Food and Nutrition Security in India’ on August 29, 2016 at the Indian Habitat Centre in New Delhi as a follow-up to an event on ‘Gender Just Food Security’ that was organized by IFPRI on December 14-15, 2015 in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

Gender and Labor Use in Agriculture

It is estimated that women comprise around 25 percent of the total agricultural labor force in India.  However, there has been much recent debate over whether this under reports female participation in agriculture as in most rural regions, agriculture is the most important occupation for women. Currently, women’s contribution to agricultural production in India, especially on a micro level, is not completely clear.

Drought and Gender Relations in Odisha

Agricultural production in Odisha is dominated by rice farming accounting for 46 percent of the area under cultivation and 79 percent of total food grain production. Generally, rice yields in Odisha remain low with high levels of poverty and farming systems are vulnerable to natural calamities, including droughts and floods.

Labor Supply and MGNREGS

India has the largest social and public work program in the world, employing around 50 million people every year. The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) aims to enhance livelihood security in rural areas by providing at least 100 days of unskilled wage employment per year to every household.

Gender Approaches in Climate Compatible Development

A recent report by the Climate Development Knowledge Network, Practical Action and the Institute of Development Studies investigates the advantages of integrating gender dimensions into climate compatible development strategies through evaluating a project launched by the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) which was

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