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Improving nutrition as a development priority: Addressing undernutrition in national policy processes in Sub-Saharan Africa

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  • Benson, Todd

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"Undernutrition remains a major source of human suffering and an obstacle to national economic and human development in many African countries. This report investigates undernutrition's persistence, drawing on case studies of the public response to the problem in Ghana, Mozambique, Nigeria, and Uganda. Analyzing each nation's policymaking structures, political actors, understanding of undernutrition, and the timing of public responses, the author explains why none of these four nations has mounted an effective campaign to eliminate undernutrition. The author identifes several different causes of this shortcoming, with one underlying flaw in the various public responses standing out: a fundamental failure on the part of political leaders to see undernutrition as a grave problem that undermines development efforts in their nations. The author concludes that an effective response to undernutrition in these countries requires the formation of national advocacy coalitions that can raise public awareness of the problem, highlight policymakers' duty to ensure the nutrition of their citizens, and link proper nutrition to general national development. This report should serve as a resource for advocates, researchers, and others concerned with undernutrition in Africa." from Authors' Summary

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Paper provided by International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in its series Research reports with number 156.

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Date of creation: 2008
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Handle: RePEc:fpr:resrep:156

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Keywords: Nutrition policy; Developing countries; Undernutrition; Nutrition security; Policies;

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  1. Williamson, Oliver E, 1999. "Public and Private Bureaucracies: A Transaction Cost Economics Perspective," Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, Oxford University Press, vol. 15(1), pages 306-42, April.
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Cited by:
  1. Viridiana Garcia, 2012. "Children Malnutrition and Horizontal Inequalities in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Focus on Contrasting Domestic Trajectories," Working Papers 2012-019, United Nations Development Programme, Regional Bureau for Africa (UNDP/RBA).
  2. Karamba, Wendy R. & QuiƱones, Esteban J. & Winters, Paul, 2011. "Migration and food consumption patterns in Ghana," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 36(1), pages 41-53, February.
  3. Juana Bustamante Izquierdo & Daniela Bellucci, 2009. "Mainstreaming Nutrition for Better Development Outcomes," Transition Studies Review, Springer, vol. 16(2), pages 577-590, June.

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