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The Battle Against HungerChoice, Circumstance, and the World Bank$
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Devi Sridhar

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199549962

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199549962.001.0001

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The Battle Against Hunger

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This chapter explores the wider implications of the analysis of choice and circumstance to hunger reduction strategies. It first outlines the two viewpoints that are currently being used to design nutrition interventions. It then examines the rationale behind growth monitoring and promotion, the cornerstone of community nutrition schemes, as well as issues of its implementation in three areas: as a communication tool, as an educational strategy, and as a screening device. The second half of the chapter examines possible alternatives by discussing different strategies to reduce rates of undernutrition such as economic growth, improved infrastructure, and conditional cash transfer schemes. Given alternatives to the TINP model, the question is why the approach to nutrition by the Bank goes unchanged. The chapter concludes by discussing the institutional drivers within the Bank at disciplinary, institutional, and personal levels that nutrition advocates face that limit their ability to pursue new strategies.

Keywords:   purchasing power, economic growth, water, World Bank, ideology, conditional cash transfer

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