|How Nutrition Improves - Nutrition policy discussion paper No. 15 (UNSSCN, 1996, 106 p.)|
|Chapter 6: Political Economy, Institutional Capacity and Nutrition Policy12|
From the experience of policies, programmes and institutions reviewed here, the following conclusions may be applicable to other circumstances.
- the process of developing policies for improving nutrition, both indirectly through other policies, and directly through nutrition programmes, is worthwhile, and may take several years;
- it is important for this to sustain effective institutions to lead planning, analysis, advocacy and monitoring, linked to operational agencies (like ministries, NGOs);
- community-based nutrition programmes are needed, as a direct means of improving nutrition, and as a concrete focus for nutritional concerns and policies; without these, interest in nutrition has not been sustained, and most countries with improving nutrition have such programmes.