Fast Tracking Nutritional Improvements in India
For too long, poor nutrition has been sweepingly attributed to one predominant cause or other: the focus shifting from poverty to gender disparity to poor care practices with interventions designed and redesigned accordingly. As one sifts through available data and regional and sub-regional studies, visits remote villages in some of the worst placed districts and inquires deeper into the situation, it becomes evident that the persistent low levels of nutrition cannot be attributed to any single cause, however tempting or however simple the solution may be. Undernutrition in reality results from a combination of causes—some dominating more than others in a particular region. This chapter summarizes the findings from the previous sections to identify specific factors underlying the country’s poor nutrition outcomes and suggests measures to fast track change.