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Turning Economic Growth into Nutrition Sensitive Growth

Organization(s): 
International Food Policy Research Institute
Author(s): 
Derek Headey
Institutional Sponsor: 
International Food Policy Research Institute
Publication date: 
Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Turning Economic Growth into Nutrition Sensitive Growth reviews the available evidence for the link between economic growth and improvements in nutrition. It reaches several conclusions. First, economic growth is necessary but not sufficient to impact nutritional status. Further, growth in agricultural is generally more beneficial for nutrition than growth in non-agricultural sectors, though this depends upon the size of the sector, the resulting impacts on food availability, and the extent to which food security is a challenge. Finally, investments in health, education and family planning are extremely important to improving food security.