Tackling Nutrition in Odisha: Looking Back, Looking Forward

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

This report by IFPRI explores the state of nutrition in Odisha, assesses how nutrition outcomes changed in the state, and more importantly, and examines the road that lies ahead of Odisha on the journey to support better nutrition for the state.


Nutrition progress in Odisha: Odisha has made more rapid progress in reducing child undernutrition than many other richer states. Particularly between 2006 and 2016, nutrition and health outcomes improved significantly in the state. The prevalence of stunting declined from 45 percent to 34.1 percent. How did Odisha create positive change in undernutrition: Between 2006 and 2016, Odisha adopted a range of nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive policies and the state’s progress in the coverage of health and nutrition interventions was promising. Odisha’s investments in public health and nutrition programs played a critical role in scaling up services, especially in reaching the poor. What lies ahead for Odisha: To accelerate and sustain nutrition-related progress, a focus on closing inter-district variability is vital. To accomplish this, it will be especially important to use local data effectively."
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