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Safety nets can help address the risks to nutrition from increasing climate variability.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19923387     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Models of climate change predict increased variability of weather as well as changes in agro-ecology. The increased variability will pose special challenges for nutrition. This study reviews evidence on climate shocks and nutrition and estimates the economic consequences in terms of reduced schooling and economic productivity stemming from nutritional insults in childhood. Panel data covering up to 20 y indicate that that short-term climate shocks have long-term impacts on children that persist, often into their adult lives. Other studies document the potential for relief programs to offset these shocks providing that the programs can be implemented with flexible financing, rapid identification of those affected by the shock, and timely scale-up. The last of these presumes that programs are already in place with contingency plans drawn up. Arguably, direct food distribution, including that of ready-to-use therapeutic food, may be part of the overall strategy. Even if such programs are too expensive for sustainable widespread use in the prevention of malnutrition, scalable food distribution programs may be cost effective to address the heightened risk of malnutrition following weather-related shocks.
Authors:
Harold Alderman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2009-11-18
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of nutrition     Volume:  140     ISSN:  1541-6100     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Nutr.     Publication Date:  2010 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-12-21     Completed Date:  2010-01-21     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0404243     Medline TA:  J Nutr     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  148S-52S     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
World Bank, Washington, DC 20433, USA. halderman@worldbank.org
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adult
Agriculture
Child
Climate Change / economics*
Disasters / economics
Food Supply / economics*
Humans
Nutritional Physiological Phenomena
Public Policy
Relief Work*

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