Quantifying Under-nutrition in Rural India
About the Book
<p>This book provides an insight into the problem of malnutrition in rural India and among its 15 major states. Specifically, it quantifies nutrient deprivation not only in terms of traditional approach—calorie and protein deficiency—but extends it to micronutrients—vitamins and minerals. Other studies attempting to quantify the micronutrient deficiencies in India have typically focused on their clinical and sub-clinical manifestations; studies that quantify the magnitude of deprivation in nutrient intakes <em>vis-à-vis</em> RDAs are rare having limited geographical coverage.</p>
<p>Further, this study has analysed how the macro- and micro-nutrient intakes vary with income and how these are conditioned by education, occupational structure, household size and its composition, etc. It has also examined how the nutritional status of children under the age of 3 years varies with nutrient intake levels, socio-economic variables and environmental factors. It identifies key factors that are associated with the prevalence of underweight and anaemia among women and young children and also discusses the relevant policy implications. This is perhaps the first comprehensive analysis of micronutrient malnutrition in rural India using two rich data sets provided by NSSO and NFHS.</p>
Praise for this book
There is an urgent need for a better understanding of the nutrition emergency in India and how it can be addressed. Rekha Sharma’s work is an important contribution to this endeavour, particularly in terms of taking economic analysis of nutrition issues beyond the traditional focus on calorie intake.
— Jean Dreze
Honorary Professor, Delhi School of Economics and
Visiting Professor, Department of Economics, Ranchi University.
Nutrition insecurity is widespread and persistent in rural India and this book is a meticulous assessment of macro and micronutrient deprivation over a period of time. Such a detailed and careful research is among the very few studies in this area and when this is made available to a larger readership, one hopes that it will inform in ameliorating the problem of malnutrition in India; spawn more research; and enable improved data gathering and provision in that direction.
— Brinda Viswanathan
Associate Professor, Madras School of Economics, Chennai.
About the Author(s) / Editor(s)
<p><strong>Rekha Sharma</strong> is Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce, University of Delhi. She is MA, MPhil, PhD from Department of Economics, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi.</p>
<p>Dr Sharma has teaching experience of 25 years in University of Delhi and has taught papers related to microeconomics and its applications and development theory & experience.</p>