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- DocumentLeveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia, 2016A state level analysis of agriculture and child nutrition linkages in India exploring the associations between agricultural prosperity and rural child undernutrition after controlling for access to sanitation and safe drinking water concluded that agricultural prosperity as indicated by agricultural growth, worker and land productivity and per capita food grain production has a positive influenDocumentLeveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia, 2016Ensuring access and safety of food to meet the nutritional requirements of proteins, calories and micronutrients in infancy and childhood from six months of age needs to be a priority in India.DocumentLeveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia, 2015Making safe, nutrient-rich foods more accessible to people on low-incomes is one way to reduce micronutrient undernutrition (the lack of essential nutrients and minerals required by the body for healthy development). Efforts to integrate better agriculture and nutrition are focused on this goal, and many initiatives target low-income farm households.DocumentLeveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia, 2017Relatively few studies explore the links between women’s work in agriculture and nutritional outcomes. Using time use data from two Indian districts, this paper seeks to fill this gap.DocumentLeveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia, 2017Pakistan has high rates of child undernutrition (both stunting and wasting). The country’s agricultural sector is a source of livelihood for over 40 per cent of the workforce. The LANSA Evidence Review for Pakistan found that there had been steady feminisation of the agricultural workforce as men moved out of the sector and women remained.DocumentLeveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia, 2017Even with higher economic growth and an overall reduction in poverty, there exists child undernutrition, maternal undernutrition and diverse forms of micro nutrient deficiencies – a phenomenon labelled as the South Asian Paradox.DocumentLeveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia, 2017The Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) programme – India’s flagship social welfare prescription for children (0–6 years) has achieved mixed implementation success.DocumentLeveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia, 2017India currently has one of the highest numbers of malnourished children in the world – 8% stunted, 43% underweight, and 20% overweight and obese. This distressing public health scenario is further exacerbated by a high prevalence of multiple micronutrient deficiencies among these children – such as iron deficiency anaemia and Vitamin A deficiency.DocumentLeveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia, 2016The South Asian region has one of the highest rates of child and maternal undernutrition in the world. Undernutrition is widespread and persistent even in India despite its relatively strong economic performance and is particularly high in rural areas and among those in agriculture based livelihoods.DocumentLeveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia, 2016The South Asian region and in particular India, has one of the highest rates of child undernutrition in the world, and is home to around 40 per cent of the global total of children who are stunted. Child stunting has been shown to have severe lifelong economic, health, and cognitive disadvantages and costs. Despite improvements in some states in recent years, the levels continue to be high.