Turning Economic Growth into Nutrition-Sensitive Growth

  • Date Posted: August 8, 2011
  • Authors: Derek Headey
  • Organizations/Projects: International Food Policy Research Institute
  • Document Types: Primer or Brief
  • Donor Type: Non-Governmental Organization

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 agriculture 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.