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Deploying the Power of Social Protection to Improve Nutrition: What Will It Take?

Publisher: EPW

The nutritional status of women and children in India continues to be poor. In this paper, how the three major flagship social protection government programmes—the Targeted Public Distribution System, the Mid-day Meal Scheme, and the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act—can be made more nutrition sensitive is discussed. Three potential approaches are discussed to making these programmes deliver better nutrition outcomes. These are strengthening governance and operations so that the programmes achieve their basic goals of improving food security and poverty; integrating nutrition goals and actions for each of these programmes; and leveraging the reach and scale of these programmes to also deliver specific nutrition interventions via these programmes, especially the tpds.

Author(s): Kalyani Raghunathan, Suman Chakrabarti, Purnima Menon, Harold Alderman | Views(236)

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