India currently has the largest number of undernourished people in the world, 212 million – only marginally below the 215 million estimated for 1990–92.
Transform Nutrition in India
Three consortium members work together under the Transform Nutrition banner in India. Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), Save the Children India and the International Policy Food Research Institute (IFPRI). PHFI is the lead organisation for Transform Nutrition in India, and has a major role in capacity strengthening for the consortium. Save the Children India leads research uptake and IFPRI India hosts two leading nutrition researchers, who are involved in Transform Nutrition research in India.
One of the first activities of Transform Nutrition in India was a stakeholder mapping exercise, in January 2012. As we want to generate and mobilise knowledge to inform programme and policy decisions it is important to have a clear picture of the princial actors and knowledge flows in the current policy environment. The stakeholder mapping exercise helped us understand the networks of nutrition stakeholders. See an overview of the stakeholder mapping (PDF).
Transform Nutrition and the Nutrition Coalition
Apart from leading research uptake for Transform Nutrition, Save the Children India hosts the Coalition for Sustainable Nutrition Security in India. Also known as the Nutrition Coalition, it is a high level group of policy, programme and political leaders working to address undernutrition. It includes Government Ministers and senior representatives from the Planning Commission, media, NGOs, national and international development partners and the private sector. Over the last five years, the Nutrition Coalition has influenced policy and programmes at national and state level. Save the Children’s central role facilitating the coalition provides an excellent opportunity for Transform Nutrition to share research findings and plans. Find out more about the Coalition.
Undernutrition situation in India
Despite the strong economic growth in India, undernutrition rates have only come down by 1% according to the government’s own data. Essential nutrition interventions do not cover half of the people they are intended for. Undernutrition amongst women is one of the primary causes of low birth-weight babies and poor growth. About a third of newborns in India are born with low birth weight, and half of women and three quarters of children are anemic. Read about the situation in India and the policy opportunities.
Read the India Situation Analysis (PDF) prepared for Transform Nutrition.
Read the Transform Nutrition Country Focus (PDF) summary for India