POSHAN and Transform Nutrition Delhi seminar: October 16th
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In the past decade, India has witnessed a rise in the coverage and uptake of social protection programs including the Public Distribution System (PDS), the Mid-day Meal Scheme (MDMS) and Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA). Apart from ensuring greater equity, such programs have untapped potential to deliver nutrition outcomes because they directly address the underlying determinants of undernutrition such as food security, poverty, and education, among others.
With this in mind, POSHAN (Partnerships and Opportunities for Strengthening and Harmonizing Actions for Nutrition in India), Transform Nutrition, and 3ie are jointly organizing the seminar ‘Maximizing the nutrition impact of social protection programs in India: What will it take?’, which will be held on October 16th, 2015 in New Delhi.
The seminar sessions are built largely on findings from research currently being conducted both within and outside India, as well as a review of the literature around social protection programs in India and their nutritional linkages. The seminar is intended to bring together evidence that can inform and support policy initiatives aimed at maximizing the potential of social protection programs to deliver nutrition outcomes. It will offer a platform for the discussion of implementation experiences, research findings and policy mechanisms from across India, as well as an opportunity for the presentation of some important lessons from an international context. Within India, this seminar will be focused on the nutritional aspects of large scale Indian social protection programs such as the PDS, MDMS and MNREGA, on the ways in which these can be strengthened and improved. In addition, the event will also showcase global evidence from experiments with other transfer modalities.
By bringing practitioners and academics together we hope to throw some light on the following questions:
- How have government policies, especially social protection programs, succeeded or failed in achieving nutrition goals?
- What can be done to make the existing programs more nutrition sensitive in order to ensure faster progress in the future?
- Are there any lessons India can learn with the global literature around social protection?