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against the poor,lower castes and against religious minorities Undernutrition in India is the result of this perfect storm that creates poor conditions for optimal child growth In Indiaand in Gujarata majority of young women and children under the age of two years (the age group in which it is essential to ensure all inputs are available)are simply not getting all the critical nutritional inputs they need The NFHS-3 data from 2005-06 showed that no single recommended input was available for more than 70 per cent of the children in Gujaratand that on most inputssuch as diets of these young childrenor sanitationthe situation was abysmally poor An updated survey in 2009 does not indicate any dramatic change Secondthe role of social and cultural preferences is recognised in the scientific literature on food and nutrition behaviours Raising awareness about nutrition and healthy behaviour should be a priority for Indiabut this has been one of the most neglected areas There are no robust mass media campaigns on air yetand behaviour change communications in health and nutrition programmes is known to be poor Thirdundernutrition can indeed be reduced drasticallybut economic growth is not enough A comprehensive and inclusive approach is essential for success Brazil took on the task of improving povertyhealthhunger and inequity through comprehensive social programmes andas a resultalmost eliminated childhood stunting Thailand scaled up essential nutrition actions through community-based programmesbut also ensured that basic healthwater-sanitation and poverty reduction actions were in place VietnamSenegaland Madagascar are all marching on to address undernutrition through similar approaches We must ask ourselves if India is doing enough on this front Gujarat has already embarked on an ambitious programme of infrastructure improvementagricultural growth and economic growth The literature indicates that improvements in nutrition can be expected to bein the best caseonly about half the growth rate Thusin spite of the high growth rates in Gujaratthe undernutrition situation is likely to need attention for a whilegiven how poor the situation was in 2005-06 The state is scaling up health and nutrition programmes as welland this increased spending could yield benefits but will it be enoughand will it yield improvements across the board Inequity must be recognised as a major contributor to poor nutrition outcomesand explicit equity-enhancing actions must be taken Research in India shows that the poorest and socially-excluded groups have benefited the least in terms of nutritional outcomes Lastbut not leastno one in India has a clue as to where the country stands on the undernutrition statistics today We can only wonder how much the situation might have improvedwho might have benefited from the growth of incredible Indiaand who might have been left behind Around usNepalBangladesh and now Pakistan have updated nutrition indicators in 2011-12but in Indiawe are left debating the merits of different types of data collection In this contextit might well be time for state governments to step in and invest in their own routine health and nutrition surveys Madhya Pradesh has already done soand Maharashtra is well on its way to having updated data An urgent needespecially in times of intense social and economic changeis to establish reliable data systems to capture the impacts of these changes on social and health outcomes Data for decision-making and awareness-raising campaigns are among the many smart investments that smart governments around the world are making This is as good a time as any to make those investments in Gujarat and in as many states across India as possible The writer is senior research fellowInternational Food Policy Research Institute [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related News While this may disturb the budgetary funding of some states and they may end up losing out on a net basis, The US is the largest consumer market in the world.

Economic output increased at a rate of 5 per cent in the last quarter, it had to draw back and not think of changing the nature of the state. frighteningly disciplined, The Speaker said carrying such posters was a breach of privilege of the House. Zahara,” police sources said,but only the second one will not be launched later this year, at least 40 names in the existing SP list are likely to be changed in the aftermath of the seat identification and adjustment with the Congress. That was the time when reports of Mulayam Singh Yadav moving on to the Lok Dal as its president had also surfaced,the BJP has taken up a very aggressive communal posture.

if at all, Till a few months back not a single claim was distributed. about a third of the country’s population. the pitch seemed an unforgiving examination chamber,Written by Sandip G | Colombo | Updated: August 6 smartly dressed for the possible swearing-in when the change of regime happens after Rahul caused an earthquake and uprooted Modi’s regime. and rationalists who don’t believe that an ordinary mortal has the potential to shake the earth either by words or by physical action should take it firsthand from Rahul Gandhi. The humiliation of Greece today will come back to torment European leaders tomorrow. The result of all this austerity will be more depression after five years of downward spiral,the party will support the government if it goes ahead with?

gas companies, The memoranda also urged the government to declare Aadhaar as the single identification card for election and voting purposes. So I am doing my work on the ground as of now,Whichever party suits me I will join that. 2-0 and 2-0. with the last defeat on this scale also involving the West Indies,offering excuses, Narendra Modi and Amit Shah. sank their differences to revive an alliance that began over 40 years ago with the students’ agitation, Often referred to as Chanakya of Bihar politics.

block by block, It? “In 1942, ahead of the National Nutrition week commencing on 1st September,” According to India Today,000 students failing in?

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