Can business as usual impact nutrition: Need for developing focused business strategies

Author : Rohit Parasar and Bhavani R V
Published Date : Wednesday, December 21, 2016
India has a high prevalence of under-nutrition despite consistent economic growth in recent years; agriculture remains a major livelihood activity and direct source of food for a large section of the population. Dependence on the market for sourcing some or all food has increased in developing countries across the globe; an analysis of agri-food value chains with a nutritional lens assumes importance in this scenario. Following a country review of about 40 initiatives on pro-nutrition agri-food...

Public and private alliances working towards reduction of undernutrition

Author : Rohit Parasar and Bhavani RV
Published Date : Wednesday, December 21, 2016
The Supplementary Nutrition Programme (SNP) under the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) in India presents a unique example of a state-led food distribution initiative to address under-nutrition. Targeted at pregnant and lactating women, children (0-6 years) and adolescent girls, the SNP uses an agri-food value chain-based approach to improve nutrition status of these vulnerable groups.Food distribution through a Supplementary Nutrition Programme (SNP) is a major component of the...

Plugging the gaps between farm and fork

Author : Samar Zuberi and Rashid Mehmood
Published Date : Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Nutrition has been an increasing concern in Pakistan for almost half a decade. The release of the 2011 National Nutrition Survey showed no improvement in nutrition indicators in decades, and highlighted alarming rates of undernutrition, and micronutrient deficiencies. These results alongside a strong international push to re-focus on nutrition have succeeded in placing nutrition higher on the policy agenda within Pakistan. Pakistan has recently adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),...

Life Cycle Approach for Nutrition Security

Author : M S Swaminathan
Published Date : Wednesday, August 31, 2016
It is now realised that malnutrition has to be addressed on a life cycle approach.  Children below 1000 days in age require special attention, since malnutrition at this young age leads to several defects including impaired cognitive ability. Similarly, the three components of malnutrition, namely, under-nutrition, protein hunger and hidden hunger caused by the deficiency of micro-nutrients in the diet will have to be remedied taking into account the age and activity of the individual...


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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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