Designing CCT Programs to Improve Nutrition Impact: Principles, Evidence and Examples

Reports
Sectors:
Social Protection, Nutrition
Organization:
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Author:
James Garret, Lucy Basset, and Alessandra Marini
Regions:
Global, Latin America & Caribbean
Publication Dates:
April, 2009
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While various studies have concluded that conditional cash transfers (CCTs) can reduce malnutrition, few of these programs actually had improving nutrition as their primary aim. This paper suggests that CCT programs can increase their impact on nutrition through modifications to design and operations, incorporating considerations for poverty, women's control over resources, food fortification, health service use, time burdens, and other program elements that impact beneficiaries. The authors suggest that nutrition-focused CCTs should promote action along pathways that impact nutrition outcomes and include the essential nutrition-specific interventions experts agree on. 

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