Is there enough evidence to show that increased household income and a better diet can improve children’s nutritional status? Drawing from a recent systematic review (Masset et.al.2011) of agricultural interventions aimed at improving the nutritional status of children, the key findings are:
- Nutrition-focused agricultural interventions are short-term and cannot address the root causes of malnutrition.
- Agricultural interventions to tackle malnutrition are not reaching the very poorest and those most at risk to chronic hunger.
- Nutrition-focused agricultural interventions may increase income from one source but they may also result in reduced income from other sources.
- Bio-fortification (fortifying foods with vitamins and minerals) may help but is not yet a proven solution.