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New research shows positive association between adolescent pregnancy & under-nutrition among children

ng at an early age on nutritional outcomes among children. The paper, which has been co-authored by Phuong Hong Nguyen, Samuel Scott, Sumanta Neupane, Lan Mai Tran, and Purnima Menon – all from International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) -- found that adolescent pregnancy is associated with child under-nutrition (unlike what happens in the case of adult pregnancy) through the interplay of various factors such as poorer maternal nutritio

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The cost of crop burning in India is three times the country's health budget -Faizi Noor Ahmad

uo;s central health budget, or Rs 13 lakh crore over five years – equal to 1.7% of India’s gross domestic product and enough to build 700 AIIMS hospitals, according to a 2019 study by the International Food Policy Research Institute, a research advocacy headquartered in America’s Washington DC. Crop-residue burning causes a collective loss of 14.9 million years of healthy life among the 75 million residents of Delhi, Haryana and P

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'Access to formal credit increases income of farmers' -TV Jayan

ormal credit facility. The per capita MCE is a proxy for household income and, therefore, an increase in household expenditure reflects a decline in poverty, said Anjani Kumar, Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), New Delhi Office. “The government has been making efforts to enhance the flow of credit to the agriculture sector and they are bearing fruits. However, the demands for agricultural credit are

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Healthy diet matters -Shenggen Fan

ning both. Thus, global efforts are urgently needed to collectively transform diets and food production. In this regard, the report draws from the latest evidence from around the globe, including the International Food Policy Research Institute’s IMPACT model, to present scientific targets as well as overall strategies for food systems. Drastic changes required As the report highlights, transforming to healthy diets by 2050 will require dr

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Young and wasted -TK Rajalakshmi

larger proportion of children compared with wasting. India alone contributed to 31 per cent of the global burden of stunting. There were, however, geographical and spatial variations. A study by the International Food Policy Research Institute that looked at district-level data aggregated from the National Family Health Survey revealed that stunting varied greatly from district to district, ranging from as low as 12.4 per cent to as high as 65.1 per

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India must shift focus from food to nutrition security: IFPRI chief -TV Jayan

hunger and poverty in the country, it should shift its focus from food security to nutrition security, as done by Thailand and Bangladesh, said Shenggen Fan, Director General of the Washington-based International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). “India has two good examples to follow from its neighbourhood: Thailand and Bangladesh. Both these countries have done exceedingly well in reducing malnutrition and poverty in their countries,

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21% Indian children are under-weight: Global Hunger Index -Priscilla Jebaraj

t data from 2013-2017. Four main indicators are used to calculate hunger levels in the report, which is a peer-reviewed publication released annually by Welthungerhilfe and Concern Worldwide. (The International Food Policy Research Institute was also involved with the publication until this year.) The first indicator is undernourishment, which is the share of the population which is undernourished and reflects insufficient caloric intake. The ne

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Why organic farming is yet to bear fruit -T Ramakrishnan

cannot do agriculture without chemical fertilizers,” asserts C. Ramasamy, who was the Vice-Chancellor of the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) from 2002 to 2008, and had worked with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington, D.C., for four years in the 1980s. Please click here to read more.

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Does growth in pulses output mean India has reached self-sufficiency? -Harish Damodaran

stic pulses output, it has significant implications. In a just-published paper (‘Changing Consumption Patterns and Roles of Pulses in Nutrition, and Future Demand Projections’) for the International Food Policy Research Institute at Washington, three economists — Praduman Kumar, P K Joshi and Shinoj Parappurathu — have estimated the likely demand for pulses in India till 2030. They have projected the total domestic pulses de

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Deprived mom, stunted child -GS Mudur

els among women contribute to high levels of stunting among Indian children, nutrition researchers said on Friday after the first-ever district-level study of stunting nationwide. The study by the International Food Policy Research Institute has found that low body mass among women, low levels of education among women, and the diet of the children themselves are, in that order, the strongest factors influencing stunting among children. Stunting

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