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Nutrition Policy: Need for Reorientation
P. V. Sukhatme
Economic and Political Weekly
Vol. 15, No. 26 (Jun. 28, 1980), pp. 1101-1105
Published by: Economic and Political Weekly
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4368803
Page Count: 5
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This paper examines the premises underlying the nutrition policy in successive plans and concludes that they are based on a wrong understanding of the nutrition concepts. By far the greater part of the funds for improving the nutritional levels of the people is spent on feeding programmes, especially school meals. These programmes have failed to show any impact in the past primarily because they are not supported by sanitary inputs and further are addressed at the wrong point of time in the growth of the child. The way to improve levels of living and nutrition status in particular, is to develop social and economic action through community measures. Two examples of such community projects are given in the paper.
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