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

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West Bengal, situated in the north-east of India, accounts for 2.6 percent of the area of the country and includes 23 districts (Government of West Bengal 2017). The state is home to over 91 million people (7.54 percent of the population of India), of which 76.26 percent is literate (Census of India 2011). West Bengal has a sex ratio of 950 females per 1,000 males (Census of India 2011).

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