Health & Lifestyle
India's nutrition programme excludes poorest households: Study
New Delhi: India's flagship programme to tackle undernutrition -- Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) -- may have been inadvertently excluding women with low education and the poorest households from accessing its benefits, according to a study published on Thursday.
Expansion and utilisation of one of India's largest government-run community-based nutrition programmes increased significantly between 2006 and 2016, especially among historically disadvantaged castes and tribes.
However, according to researchers from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), women with low education and the poorest households are relatively more excluded from accessing program benefits.