What does new HANCI say about political will to reduce undernutrition in South Asia?

Author : Julia Powell
Published Date : Friday, June 27, 2014
The new HANCI index: assessing political commitment to reduce hunger and undernutritionThe 2013 Hunger and Nutrition Commitment Index (HANCI) is out. HANCI ranks countries in terms of their political commitment to reduce hunger and undernutrition. HANCI researchers selected 45 countries that suffer high levels of undernutrition and hunger, choosing countries where adequate data was also available. You can download the 2013 HANCI report here or visit the...

Is more inclusive more effective? The impact of more inclusive public distribution systems

Author : Jessica Meeker
Published Date : Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Jessica Meeker reports back on a presentation at LCIRAH’s 4th Annual ConferenceIndia‘s targeted public distribution system (TPDS) is the world‘s largest food safety-net programme. It is known for its poor targeting and minimal impact on food security and nutrition. Targeting is difficult and it is estimated that roughly half of entitlement cards are  wrongly allocated, often disadvantaging the poorest households.In recent years, some states have...

Lack of coordination and nutrition literacy: just two issues holding back progress

Author : Mara van den Bold
Published Date : Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Mara van den Bold shares initial findings from interviews with stakeholders Bangladesh, Pakistan and India have seen significant economic growth in recent years. A large part of the population in these countries depends on agriculture for their livelihoods, yet high rates of stunting (above 40%) persist. Stunting is caused by chronic malnutrition that prevents children realizing their full physical and mental potential.I was part of the LANSA team who conducted a series of interviews with...

LCIRAH Conference: Agri-food policy and governance for nutrition

Author : Prakash Shetty
Published Date : Sunday, June 15, 2014
Opening and closing of LCIRAH’s successful 4th ConferencePrakash Shetty attended LCIRAH’s 4th annual conference. Here is his account of the opening and closing keynote presentationsLCIRAH’s 4th conference had a great turnout, a distinguished panel of Keynote speakers and a wide selection of papers presented. Here I provide a flavour of the opening and closing remarks.Nutrition enhancing food and agriculture systemsPer Pinstrup-Anderson opened the Conference. In his inimitable...


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