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

Strengthening Data, Analytics and Evidence for Nutrition: An Overview of POSHAN-II

In 2012, India committed to achieving the six WHA targets for stunting, wasting, anemia, exclusive breastfeeding and overweight/obesity and then reaffirmed commitments to nutrition as part of the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals in 2016. Tracking India’s progress on these maternal, infant and young child nutrition targets has been challenging, due to lack of >> Read more

World Malaria Day 2017: Low-Cost Solutions for India’s Push for Prevention

Source: IFPRI Blog. Despite global progress in reducing malaria cases worldwide, the disease remains a significant threat to health and well-being around the world. World Malaria Day (April 25) offers an opportunity to consider the most effective means for reducing malaria and their potential benefits for long-term public health. IFPRI’s POSHAN project has estimated that distributing insecticide-treated >> Read more

Transforming the Food and Nutrition Landscape in Assam

Source: Transform Nutrition Recently, I attended a policy seminar titled ‘Transforming Food and Nutrition Landscape in Assam’ on 29th March 2017 in Guwahati, Assam. The dialogue was co-organized by the Inter-Agency Group, Assam and Coalition for Food & Nutrition Security and was attended by about 50 stakeholders comprising senior policymakers from Government of Assam and >> Read more

WHA Targets on Nutrition: Where Does India Stand?

In 2012, the World Health Assembly unanimously endorsed a set of six global nutrition targets to be achieved by 2025 in order to improve maternal, infant and young child nutrition across the world (see left). These targets were further endorsed as part of the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015. This week, as India marks National >> Read more

Taking Nutrition Action to the District Level: Identifying Workable Solutions through Cross-Sectoral Dialogue in Unnao District, Uttar Pradesh

As noted in this blog post, POSHAN has been supporting civil society partners in convening nutrition-focused solution-oriented workshops at the district level. This is the first of what will be a set of reports on such workshops across Uttar Pradesh.  Please see our previous blogs on such workshops in Madhya Pradesh (click here).  We will >> Read more

Taking the Nutrition Conversation to the District Level in India: Data Challenges Are Likely to Constrain Multisectoral Action for Nutrition

India, land to millions of undernourished children, has a decentralized governance landscape that requires translation of national policy guidance to state guidelines and resources, and district-level coordination and action to deliver on nutrition. However, little is known about how to motivate and support district leadership and key departmental actors to fulfil their roles in providing leadership >> Read more