25 Years of Scaling Up: Nutrition and health interventions in Odisha, India

25 Years of Scaling Up: Nutrition and health interventions in Odisha, India

Purnima Menon, Neha Kohli, Mara van den Bold, Elisabeth Becker, Nicholas Nisbett, Lawrence James Haddad, Rasmi Avula
2016

ODISHA, A STATE of 42 million people in eastern India, is one of the poorest in the country. It has faced many development challenges over the years, including insurgent movements, large pockets of extreme deprivation among scheduled tribe communities, social disparities, and natural disasters, as well as a relatively late fiscal turnaround (in 2004–2005) in comparison with other states. Yet Odisha has made significant progress in reducing child undernutrition—less than India as a whole, but more than many other richer states. How has it achieved this progress?