Do Subsidies Improve Nutrition?

Briefs
Sectors:
Social Protection, Nutrition
Organization:
IRIN Humanitarian News & Analysis
Author:
IRIN Humanitarian News & Analysis
Region:
Global
Resource Publication Date:
October, 2012
Content Format:
Text

An analysis by the Irin Global team that reviews a number of sources and data to show the impact of food subsidies on nutritional status. They find that although food subsidies increase wealth, they do not always translate into better nutrition due to household food choices. For example, many households prefer to purchase less nutritious foods that are consumed by the upper class, than healthier and more nutritious foods. Or, they purchase and consume larger quantities of staple foods, which are not necessarily nutritious and adequate for nutritionally vulnerable populations.

Read this analysis at the Irin Humanitarian News & Analysis website.