The Nutrition Sensitivity of Food and Agriculture in South Asia

37 Pages Posted: 7 Mar 2019 Last revised: 8 Mar 2019

Date Written: March 6, 2019

Abstract

Through a review of the literature, this paper examines the links of food and agriculture with nutrition in South Asia, a region characterized by a high level of malnutrition. The review finds that the level and stability of food prices play a critical part in food consumption, with rising prices affecting poor households the most. Although public food transfer programs are aimed at addressing this, most are too small to have a marked effect in protecting or promoting nutrition. Several supply-side food and agricultural interventions suggest promise in improving nutrition, although their effects have yet to be well identified. These include the cultivation of home gardens, animal farming, and use of biofortification and post-harvest fortification. All these efforts will be futile, however, without parallel efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change.

Keywords: Crops and Crop Management Systems, Climate Change and Agriculture, Food Security, Climate Change and Environment, Climate Change and Health, Science of Climate Change, Nutrition

Suggested Citation

Dizon, Felipe Jr Fadullon and Josephson, Anna Leigh and Raju, Dhushyanth, The Nutrition Sensitivity of Food and Agriculture in South Asia (March 6, 2019). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 8766. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3348143

Felipe Jr Fadullon Dizon (Contact Author)

World Bank ( email )

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Anna Leigh Josephson

University of Arizona ( email )

Department of History
Tucson, AZ 85721
United States

Dhushyanth Raju

World Bank ( email )

1818 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20433
United States

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