ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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world countries, has been the subject of much discussion and research among nutritionists for decades now. True to type, much of this activity has resulted in the 'discovery' of medical reasons for what is essentially a social and political problem. Not surprisingly then this has resulted in technical interventions in public health which offer at best limited solutions while masking the real problem. The identification of protein-calorie malnutrition led to large-scale feeding programmes, none of which has been entirely successful. Many of these programmes had to reckon with problems such as the uneven distribution of food in the family, patriarchal biases, etc, all of which are aggravated in a situation of poverty.

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