The Government of India spends about USD 40 billion annually on social safety net programs to provide food and nutritional security for 70% of its population. Yet, health and nutrition outcomes remain sub-par. Malnutrition is a significant contributor to the disease burden in India. A 2019 study by MSC assessed the dietary intake and nutritional gaps among social safety net beneficiaries. It revealed that beneficiaries lack dietary diversity, eat food deficient in macro and micronutrients, and have low nutrition literacy. The study explored solutions that help policymakers build a more nutrition secure food system across India.
A study to assess the nutritional gaps in Public Distribution System (PDS) beneficiary households
MSC’s report examines the PDS food basket and the dietary intake of beneficiary households. We also suggest ways to increase the nutritional efficiency of various government programs to improve the overall nutritional outcome.
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