The Role of Social Protection and Agriculture in Tackling Chronic Undernutrition

This guide reports on the learning that has emerged from the Transform Nutrition consortium's research examining the potential of the social protection and agriculture sectors in Bangladesh and Ethiopia to reduce chronic undernutrition. Taken together, these studies suggest that social protection by itself may have little effect on improving children’s nutritional status, and suggest the importance of behavior change communication activities as a complement. Additionally, the studies found that agricultural development may contribute most to improvements in children’s nutritional status when it includes market-integration activities that make available a wider range of foods, when it is twinned with nutrition BCC activities, and when the improvement in diet includes animal source foods.

Transform Nutrition, September 2017.