Transforming Nutrition in India


IFPRI’s nutrition work in India has sought to provide solutions to what many have dubbed as the "Indian enigma," which is the persistent and widespread malnutrition India continues to face despite rapid economic growth in recent decade, through research on the multiple pathways that can affect nutrition.

The Transform Nutrition Consortium, a six-year (2011– 2017), multipartner initiative led by IFPRI, as part of A4NH, focuses on India as well as three other countries (Bangladesh, Ethiopia, and Kenya) in South Asia and Africa south of the Sahara—the two regions with the highest burden of undernutrition. The Consortium aims to strengthen the evidence base for nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive interventions, as well as enabling policy and political environments. IFPRI works in partnership with IDS, the International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research, the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), Save the Children, and the UK Department for International Development (DFID).


  • Transform Nutrition’s work on benefit/cost ratios in nutrition interventions (led by John Hoddinott) has been used in a number of influential forums, including the Nutrition for Growth (N4G) Commitment, Global Nutrition Report 2014, the Copenhagen Consensus, and the US Congress. The article resulting from this work was published in Maternal and Child Nutrition and is in the top 10 percent of all articles ever tracked by Altmetric.
  • The fourth paper of the highly influential Lancet Nutrition Series (2013) by Gillespie et al. has received over 90 citations in the less than two years since publication. Rated in the top 5 percent of all Lancet articles of a similar publication date, it is the second-most influential Altmetric paper produced by IFPRI during the last two years.
  • One Goal, an initiative of the Asian Football Confederation for tackling the issue of child malnutrition in Asia, included Transform Nutrition in its list of blogs to follow about nutrition.