Improving nutrition in Meghalaya: Insights from examining trends in outcomes, determinants and interventions between 2006 and 2016

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Meghalaya, situated in the north-east of India, is a part of the eastern sub-Himalayan belt. It accounts for 0.68 percent of the area of the country and includes 11 districts (Government of Meghalaya 2017). The state, largely agricultural, is home to close to 3 million people (0.2 percent of the population of India) of which 74.4 percent are literate (Census of India 2011). Meghalaya has a sex ratio of 989 females per 1,000 males (Census of India 2011).

The purpose of this Policy Note is to examine the trends in undernutrition in Meghalaya 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 for action to improve nutrition in Meghalaya.