South Asia

South Asia
Randomized Control Trials demonstrate that Nutrition-Sensitive Social Protection Interventions increase the use of Multiple-Micronutrient Powders and Iron Supplements in Rural Pre-School Bangladeshi Children

This IFPRI/Cornell study examines the impact of nutrition-sensitive social protection interventions on nearly 10,000 Bangladeshi women and children. Results showed that a transfer (food, cash, or both) accompanied by nutrition BCC resulted in both knowledge- and practice-based improvements around iron deficiency and multiple micronutrient supplementation. The authors conclude that transfers...

Identifying Sociodemographic, Programmatic and Dietary Drivers of Anaemia Reduction in Pregnant Indian Women Over 10 Years

Anaemia is a major contributor to the global disease burden and half of pregnant women in India were anaemic in 2016. The authors of this journal article explored how shifts in sociodemographic (wealth, age at pregnancy, education, open defecation, cooking fuel type, household size), programmatic (iron–folic acid tablet consumption, antenatal care visits) and dietary (intake of Fe, folic acid...

Factors Influencing the Uptake of a Mass Media Intervention to Improve Child Feeding in Bangladesh

This study examines the factors influencing uptake of infant and young child feeding messages promoted in TV spots that appeared nationwide in Bangladesh. The ads targeted mothers with children age 0 – 24 months; comprehension of the different ads varied greatly, from 33% to 96% of participants recalling the messages (data from surveys and semistructured interviews). Factors associated with...

Synthesis: Exploring multisector programming at the sub-national level in Senegal, Nepal, and Kenya

This synthesis document accompanies three case studies carried out by ENN to document nutrition-sensitive and multi-sector programme experiences in several countries, with a focus on the sub-national level. For practitioners and policymakers working in nutrition, there is limited evidence and documentation available on how nutrition-sensitive and multi-sectoral programmes are being...

Can Conditional Cash Transfers Improve the Uptake of Nutrition Interventions and Household Food Security? Evidence from Odisha’s Mamata scheme

The study investigates the impact on health and nutrition outcomes of one conditional cash transfer program, the Mamata scheme, implemented in the state of Odisha (India) and targeted to pregnant and lactating women. Using survey data on 1161 households, authors examine the effect of the scheme on eight outcomes: 1) pregnancy registration; 2) receipt of antenatal services (ANC); 3)...

Pulses for Nutrition in India: Changing patterns from farm to fork

This IFPRI book explores the numerous benefits of a diet that incorporates pulses by looking at India's pulses sector in light of agricultural systems, climate change, irrigation design, and how policies have evolved over time. To understand how pulses can help fulfill the objectives of India’s food policies, experts explore the role that pulse production plays in global trade; the changing...

Asia and the Pacific Regional Overview of Food Insecurity 2017: Investing in Food Systems for Better Nutrition

This report focuses on the latest trends on food and nutrition security in Asia and the Pacific. Authors warn that the number of malnourished people in the region is on the rise because the availability of nutritious foods is inadequate in many countries and the consumption of food items considered unhealthy is also on the rise. Consequently, stunting among children below the age of five...

Sustainable Farming Systems for Food and Nutrition Security

The 2015 Sustainable Development Goals and the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition call on all countries to end hunger and prevent malnutrition in all its forms by 2030. This is quite a challenge, and it is a challenge with sustainable...

Household Food Expenditure, Dietary Diversity, and Child Nutrition in Nepal

This study assesses the empirical connections between household food expenditure and nutrition outcomes of under-five children using data from the 1995–1996 and 2010–2011 rounds of the Nepal Living Standards Survey. It also examines the effects of dietary quality changes on child nutrition improvement between 1995 and 2011. The authors find that the number of food groups consumed, monthly food...

Roundtable: Government Action for Nutrition in South Asia

On September 7 and 8, 2017, the National Planning Commission (NPC) of Nepal hosted a two-day Roundtable focused on advancing multi-stakeholder and multisectoral national and subnational efforts for scaling up government nutrition programs. The event brought together 120 decision-makers and implementers from governments, civil society...

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