Millets in Public Distribution System in India could address hidden hunger

Author : Raju S and Bhavani R V
Published Date : Friday, October 16, 2015
Undernutrition and hidden hunger are major public health challenges in India. According to NFHS 3 (2005-06), about 40 percent of children under 3 years of age are underweight; 45 percent are stunted and 23 percent are wasted. About 70 percent of children under 5 years and 55 percent of (15 to 49 years) adolescent girls and women are anemic. India does have several social protection measures in operation like the ICDS, MDM and PDS to address food and nutrition insecurity, but the problem exists....

Can social protection programmes lead to greater economic agency for women in agriculture?

Author : Amna Akhtar
Published Date : Friday, October 16, 2015
Even though women in rural areas in Pakistan take part in a wide range of agricultural activities, the work they do, often arduous and labour-intensive, is not recognised as their individual contribution to the household economy.There exist strong gendered norms around the kinds of work that can be considered paid work for women in agriculture and except for some - such as cotton harvesting and livestock rearing-income from most kinds of work are attributed to the household as a whole. ...

Supplementary Nutrition Programme: an example of social protection in India

Author : Rohit Parasar and Bhavani R V
Published Date : Friday, October 16, 2015
The Supplementary Nutrition Programme (SNP) under Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) targets children under six years, adolescent girls, pregnant and lactating women to address the problem of under-nutrition, and is an important component that addresses undernutrition in the country.ICDS in India started in 1975, and is regarded as the world’s largest community-based child development programme, operating through a network of childcare centres called Anganwadi  having...

Conference reiterates need to stay connected

Author : Nithya DJ & Sarah H Kehoe
Published Date : Monday, October 12, 2015
Agriculture and Nutrition – connects and disconnects: NSI Conference sums up that experts in both fields have huge role to playAs LANSA researchers keen to understand how Agriculture and Nutrition can be linked to improve Health in India, D J Nithya and Sarah H Kehoe were delighted that the theme of the 47th Annual National Conference of Nutrition Society of India (NSI) was ‘Nutrition and Agriculture - the connect and disconnect.’Both researchers presented LANSA research study...


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