Improving Nutrition in Goa: Insights from Examining Trends in Outcomes, Determinants and Interventions between 2006 and 2016

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Goa, situated in the western coastal region of India, is a small state comprising of only two districts. It is the fourth smallest state in India by population and has the highest proportion of urban population (62.2 percent). As of 2011, only 5 percent of Goa’s population lives below poverty line (BPL), thus making it the state with the lowest proportion of BPL population (Reserve Bank of India 2015). With a literacy rate of 88.7 percent, Goa is the fourth most literate state in the country (Census of India 2011). The state has a sex ratio of 973 females for 1000 males (Census of India 2011).

The purpose of this Policy Note is to examine the trends in undernutrition in Goa and to document trends and geographic variability in the major determinants of nutrition and the coverage of key nutrition and health interventions. In doing this analysis, we aim to highlight the key areas of action to improve nutrition in Goa.