POLICY BRIEFS

National Plan of Action for Children in India - A LANSA Policy Brief

Published Date : Tuesday, December 27, 2016
The National Policy for Children (NPAC) 2013 adopted by the Government of India in April 2013 adheres to the Constitutional mandate and guiding principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). It identifies rights of children under four key priority areas, viz. Survival, Health and Nutrition, Education and Development, Protection, and Participation. The draft NPAC of 2016 highlights the high proportion of children engaged in agriculture, however the...

Women in Agriculture and Nutrition in India

Published Date : Tuesday, December 27, 2016
It is important to advocate for recognition of women’s contributions to agriculture including those related to livestock, fishery and forestry – as farmers. This is probably the first step to ensuring that women have equal access to benefits and services in their own right as farmers. The Government of India has a National Policy for Empowerment of Women (2001) which enunciates the need for special attention to women in the agriculture and allied sectors. Women’s agency is...

WASH and Healthcare for enabling Agriculture - Nutrition linkages in India

Published Date : Tuesday, December 27, 2016
The National policy for Empowerment of Women (2001) does provide that special attention be given to the needs of women in the provision of safe drinking water, sewage disposal, toilet facilities and sanitation within accessible reach of households, especially in rural areas and urban slums. And, the National Food Security Act (2013) also provides for the provision of access to ‘safe and adequate drinking water and sanitation’ and ‘healthcare’ for advancing food security...

Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in India

Published Date : Tuesday, December 27, 2016
The Green Revolution has largely remained a cereal revolution, with bias towards wheat and rice. Coarse grains (millets) regarded as poor man’s staple and pulses to meet protein requirements have been neglected. These need immediate attention if we are serious in tackling the persisting problem of undernutrition in the country. Given that a large part of India is under dry-land or rain-fed farming characterised by more crop diversification, this finding highlights the need for...

Leveraging Agriculture for Child and Adolescent Nutrition in India

Published Date : Tuesday, December 27, 2016
While the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) focus mainly on the first 1000 days, the National Nutrition Policy 1993 of the Government of India, under the aegis of Department of Women and Child Development, emphasises Infant and Young Child Feeding Practices (IYCF). According to the National Food Security Act 2013 (NFSA), pregnant women and lactating mothers until six months after child birth and children in the age group of six months to six years are entitled to an appropriate meal...

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This research has been funded by the UK Government’s Department for International Development; however the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the UK Government’s official policies

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