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 INDIA GOVERNANCE REPORT

 
CASE STUDY

Breastfed Right: How Shrirampur’s Babies Escape Malnutrition

Almost 40% of India’s children under five years of age are stunted, and yet just about half its children are exclusively breastfed until six months of age, as recommended. Also, less than 10% of India’s children below two years of age get the minimum acceptable diet necessary for their growth. We visit Shrirampur, an industrial town in Ahmednagar district in Maharashtra, where a novel programme combining effective breastfeeding techniques with local superfoods is successfully preventing malnutrition among children. 
SPOTLIGHT
When Rural Jobs Disappear, Women Are The First To Lose Out

Despite a four-fold growth in GDP since the early 1990s, India’s rural economy has undergone a crisis and job opportunities have dwindled. The number of employed rural women fell by 31% from 2011-12 to 2017-18, compared to a 6% reduction in the number of employed men. While men have migrated to whatever limited non-farming jobs are available within villages or in cities, women have been left to perform low-paid, lower-skilled and often exploitative farm jobs, even as they run the household in the absence of their migrant menfolk. 


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