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

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Kerala lies along the coastline, to the extreme south west of the Indian peninsula and has an area of 38,863 square kilometers. The state is divided into 14 districts, 75 taluks and 1535 villages, with a population of 3.34 million people. The literacy rate is 94 percent and the sex ratio is 1084 females for 1000 males (Government of Kerala 2017).

The purpose of this Policy Note is to examine the trends in undernutrition in Kerala 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 Kerala.