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What Can We Infer from Maharashtra's Nutrition Data?

Is Maharashtra's malnutrition data suspect? Can the National Nutrition Mission invoke transformative change and improve India’s nutrition scenario?

Child Malnutrition in Rajasthan

Remote parts of southern Rajasthan such as Udaipur, Dungarpur, Banswara and Rajsamand are characterised by a predominance of tribal groups and a high prevalence of unskilled, male, seasonal outmigration. A study conducted in these parts in 2014 shows high levels of malnutrition among children in this region. It also discusses how socio-economic characteristics translate into severe resource limitations at the household level, primarily in the availability of nutritious food. Mothers are faced by time and energy constraints in providing adequate care to young ones, especially in migrant households. Normalisation of malnutrition in community perception, rooted in the structural deprivations experienced by these communities, further entrenches the problem. The study argues that implementing local solutions and adopting strategic policy reforms can offset these constraints to child nutrition in such tribal areas.

Child Labour and Food Security

Coming to Grips with Rural Child Work. A Food Security Approach by Rira Ramachandran and Lionel Massun (editors); Institute for Human Development, New Delhi, 2002 ; pp 468, Rs 750.
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