Self-help groups aid communication, empowerment in India

Women’s groups are increasingly becoming vehicles for social, political, and economic empowerment around the world. In India, self-help groups (SHGs) are the most visible of these, receiving support from NGOs, the government, and even the private sector. Each SHG typically consists of 10-20 poor women who live near each other, meet regularly, and save small >> Read more

In the fight against malnutrition, empower women’s groups first

The transformative role of women’s groups is drawing rising attention around the world. By organizing, women have been able to achieve change within their communities, households, and themselves—despite obstacles such as restrictive gender norms that limit the scope of their decision-making, legal systems that prohibit them from owning property, and domestic responsibilities that limit their >> Read more

On International Women’s Day, a Focus on Women’s Nutrition in India

Of the 1.2 billion people in India, 586 million are women. On World Women’s Day, as we consider ways of empowering women and girls to optimize their full potential, it is also important to examine the ways in which poor nutrition among women might compromise their ability to fully participate in society.  Thus, on International >> 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

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