Why Child Undernutrition Persists in India



This chapter inquires into the persisting high levels of child undernutrition in India. India has among the highest child undernutrition rates in South Asia and the largest number of undernourished children in the world. What remains an enigma is the fact that child undernutrition cuts across all income classes with even families from the upper economic strata recording unacceptably high rates of undernourished children. This chapter inquires into the determinants of child undernutrition, attempts a spatial analysis of the issue keeping in mind the sharp disparities among Indian states and assesses the effectiveness of the ICDS—the Government’s response to the child undernutrition issue and the largest programme of its kind in the world.


Child Nutrition Child Malnutrition Income Quartile Nutrition Level Schedule Caste 
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  1. 1.Independent Development ConsultantGurgaonIndia

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