Almost half (47.8%) the children below five years of age are underweight in Jharkhand, the state with the highest poverty rate in India. In 2017, the Jharkhand government’s nutrition mission in collaboration with NGO World Vision India ran a pilot project aimed at reducing malnutrition in children in two blocks of Bokaro district. An IndiaSpend investigation shows that the project’s approach, including door-to-door screening of children and training of anganwadi workers, proved effective, as 61% of malnourished children in the two blocks were cured.
Sources: Census 2011 and Indian Institute for Human Settlements’ ‘Urban India 2015: Evidence’
Farm distress is a priority for all political parties as they approach the general election of 2019. Political parties are implementing or promising loan waivers and income transfers, but what would it take to make India’s farms viable? Improved access to cheaper bank loans, more and efficient markets for farm produce, removing disingenuous middlemen such as arhtiyas, and making adequate investment in infrastructure such as irrigation facilities are some of the steps that governments must take, says Sukhpal Singh, professor at the Centre for Management in Agriculture, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, in an email interview.