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Political economy of undernutrition

Documents examining what creates a conducive political and economic environment for undernutrition reduction. Covering governance, leadership, human and financial resources, ways to communicate evidence and advocate, coordination between sectors, and the role of non state actors.
Creating enabling environments for reducing malnutrition
T. van Houtryve / Panos Pictures
This paper in the 2013 Lancet Series on Maternal and Child Nutrition focuses on the environments and processes that underpin and shape political and policy processes aimed at addressing malnutrition. The authors present a framework to examine how knowledge and evidence, politics and governance, and capacity and resources are pivotal to create and sustain political momentum, and to translate this into results in high-burden countries.

Latest Documents

Global Nutrition Report 2016: From Promise to Impact: Ending Malnutrition by 2030
International Food Policy Research Institute 2016
The Global Nutrition Report is a multipartner initiative that provides an independent annual review of countries progress towards meeting intergovernmental nutrition targets and recommends actions to accelerate that progress...
Public-private partnerships and the reduction of undernutrition in developing countries
J. Hoddinott; S. Gillespie; S. Yosef / International Food Policy Research Institute 2015
This paper brings structure to the discussion of private-sector engagement in nutrition by clarifying different models of engagement, reviews the evidence base on public-private partnerships (PPPs) for the reduction of undernutrition,...
Understanding the rapid reduction of undernutrition in Nepal, 2001–2011
D.D. Headey; J. Hoddinott / PLoS ONE 2015
South Asia has long been synonymous with unusually high rates of undernutrition. In the past decade, however, Nepal has arguably achieved the fastest recorded decline in child stunting in the world and has done so in the midst of civi...
Insight's feature: What's politics got to do with it?
H. Fritschel / International Food Policy Research Institute 2013
This is a feature article in an IFPRI Insights: Magazine of the International Food Policy Research Institute.  Recent experience has shown that as countries get richer, nutritional status does not necessarily improve. The ...
The Maharashtra state nutrition mission: learning by doing
V. Ramani 2010
This is a practioner's account of the work by the Rajmata Jijau Mother-Child Health and Nutrition Mission in Maharashtra, in India from 2005 to 2010. It is a factual account of the steps the Mission took to addres child undernutrition...
Determinants of undernutrition in children under 2 years of age from rural Bangladesh
T. Ahmed / Indian Pediatrics 2012
This study assesses the determinants of undernutrition among under-two year old children of rural Bangladesh. The data of the National Nutrition Program baseline survey conducted in 2004 was analysed, which included 8,885 under...
Access to nutrition index: Global index 2016
This is the second edition of the Access to Nutrition Index (ATNI). The ATNI is an independent benchmarking tool that measures companies’ contributions to good nutrition against international norms and standards. One in t...
Institutional analysis of nutrition in Tanzania
V. Leach; B. Kilama / Research on Poverty Alleviation, Tanzania 2009
This paper provides a summary of the situation of nutrition in Tanzania, and an institutional analysis of the principal actors in nutrition nationally and locally. The paper argues the need to focus on prevention of malnutrition by pr...
Preventing malnutrition in Tanzania: a focused strategy to improve nutrition in young children
V. Leach; B. Kilama / Research on Poverty Alleviation, Tanzania 2009
This brief examines the status of nutrition in Tanzania. Despite improvements between 1999 and 2004/05, data clearly show that the prevalence of child undernutrition remains high in Tanzania and malnutrition begins at an early age. Ba...
Admissible evidence in the court of development evaluation? The impact of CARE's SHOUHARDO project on child stuntingin Bangladesh
L.C. Smith; F. Khan; T.R. Frankenberger / Institute of Development Studies UK 2011
Along with the rise of the development effectiveness movement of the last few decades, experimental impact evaluation methods – randomised controlled trials and quasi-experimental techniques – have emerged as a dominant fo...

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