Pandemic-Era Disruptions Linked to 14% Increase in Underweight Children
This policy brief presents the findings of a TCI study that examined the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children’s nutrition in India. Using TARINA survey data, researchers found a 14% increase in underweight children after pandemic-related lockdowns.
Based on these results, TCI recommends that policymakers:
- Incentivize the diversification of agriculture to ensure access to diverse, nutritious foods.
- Encourage diverse agricultural production at the household level to improve household resilience to market disruptions.
- Take steps to minimize potential disruptions to ICDS, POSHAN, and other programs that provide supplementary nutrition for vulnerable groups.
- Explore the use of direct cash transfers when the physical delivery of services is difficult.
- Prioritize the restoration of maternal and child-care services during future public health crises.