POSHAN presents 640 District Nutrition Profiles

POSHAN presents updated District Nutrition Profiles (DNPs) for 640 districts in India. These draw on diverse sources of data to compile a set of indicators on the state of nutrition and its cross-sectoral determinants. The profiles are intended to be conversation-starters at the district level and to enable discussions about why undernutrition levels are high, >> Read more

Can conditional cash transfers improve the uptake of nutrition interventions and household food security? Evidence from Odisha’s Mamata Scheme

While there is considerable global evidence on the efficacy of cash transfers in improving health and nutrition outcomes, the evidence from South Asia, and in particular, India, is limited. Most of the available evidence on India comes from studies on the Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY), which has been credited with increasing the number of institutional >> Read more

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

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 >> Read more

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

Sikkim is located in the north east of India, sharing borders with Nepal, China and Bhutan. Sikkim is India’s least populous state, with 610,577 inhabitants, and has a population density of 86 people per square kilometer. The sex ratio of the state is 890 females per 1000 males (Census of India 2011). The state is >> Read more

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

Chhattisgarh was established in November 2000, following the reorganization of the state of Madhya Pradesh. Its land area makes it the 10th largest state in the country, and its population of 25.5 million people makes it the country’s 16th most populated state. Chhattisgarh has a population density of 189 people per square kilometer, and a >> Read more

Deploying the Power of Social Protection to Improve Nutrition: What Will It Take?

Despite reasonable economic growth over the past decade or more, the nutritional status of women and children in India continues to be poor. Social protection programmes are ideal vehicles for tackling this problem, and improving the underlying determinants of malnutrition. Not only are they designed to target families at risk of malnutrition, but they are >> Read more

Abstract Digest on Maternal and Child Nutrition Research – Issue 18

This issue of Abstract Digest features several papers from a UNICEF supported special supplement of Maternal and Child Nutrition on First Foods and papers from a South Asia Infant Feeding Research Network (SAIFRN) supported special supplement on the policy landscape for infant and young child feeding (IYCF) in South Asia. In addition, there are several >> Read more