Dear FSN Forum members,
This UNICEF paper on cash transfers and child nutrition provides a comprehensive overview of the impacts of cash transfer programmes on child nutrition: while cash transfers have a positive role in increasing resources for food, health and care, the evidence is mixed with respect to whether these programmes positively impact growth-related outcomes among children.
This paper reinforces the message coming from the Bangladesh study that cash transfers alone are probably not enough to ensure improvements in child nutrition. If cash transfers are delivered along with interventions on nutrition education, behaviour communication, and supply side interventions that improve access and quality of health services there are greater chances to achieve impacts on child nutrition.
I look forward to hear the outcomes from the Moscow meeting last week, where nutrition-sensitive social protection programmes have been discussed and thanks to Lalita for sharing this paper.