Journal Articles

Journal Articles
Nutrition peer-reviewed publications co-authored by UNICEF staff in Q1-2018

These papers examine key nutrition priorities such as breastfeeding, complementary feeding, vitamin deficiencies, micronutrient supplementation, adolescents’ nutrition, food supplementation, food fortification or overweight and obesity. They focus on countries as diverse as Cambodia, China, Guinea, or South Africa, as well as analyses focusing on South Asia and low- and middle-income countries...

Time Use as an Explanation for the Agri-Nutrition Disconnect: Evidence from rural areas in low and middle-income countries

Agriculture interventions may increase time commitments for women who play a key role in agricultural production and nutrition—and can have complex impacts on nutritional outcomes. This review of evidence in Food Policy summarizes lessons from past studies and highlights implications for future research.

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...

POSHAN’s Abstract Digest on Maternal and Child Nutrition Research: Issue 21

POSHAN’s Abstract Digest presents two breakthrough studies that take a critical look at the association of water, sanitation, and handwashing (WASH) interventions with nutrition, and a systematic review on enteric dysfunction and child stunting. Other interesting studies include those related to the design, cost and other program elements pertaining to diets for maternal and child health, as...

Food Counts: Measuring Food Consumption and Expenditures in Household Consumption and Expenditure Surveys

This special issue of Food Policy focuses on survey design choices and how they influence the quality and availability of data collected in household consumption and expenditure surveys (HCES). The 13 articles (from studies in Africa, Asia, North America, and Latin America) offer practical insights into for national statistical offices and survey practitioners worldwide, and provide...

Development of a Dichotomous Indicator for Population-Level Assessment of Dietary Diversity in Women of Reproductive Age

This article summarizes a study to develop a dichotomous (yes/no) indicator reflecting an acceptable level of dietary diversity in women of reproductive age (WRA; aged 15–49 years). The authors performed a secondary analysis of 9 data sets and calculated an individual “mean probability of adequacy” (MPA) across 11 micronutrients. They found that, in those settings where resource-intensive...

Social Protection, Food Security, and Asset Formation

This article investigates if and how social protection programs impact food security outcomes and asset formation. The authors constructed and analyzed a new database of studies on these interventions, finding that social protection programs improve both the quantity and quality of food consumed by beneficiaries. The average social protection program increases the value of food consumed/...

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)...

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