Can Transfer Programs Be Made More Nutrition-sensitive?
This essay from IFPRI explores the effects of transfer programs on child nutrition. Because transfer programs may be designed either as a response to shocks or as predictable contributions to household resources, the paper distinguishes the goal of raising consumption over an extended period from the objective of enhancing resilience during crises. The paper also assess the various services (health, training, education) associated with transfers, because they represent key modalities for increasing human capital. Finally, given that in some circumstances in-kind transfers are preferred to cash, the paper reviews evidence on this delivery mode. The concluding section offers suggestions for enhancing the nutritional impacts of transfers programs.