Reproductive Health, Nutritional Status, and Macroeconomic Shocks

Principal Investigator: David Stuckler


Global food price rises threaten to undermine progress in improving maternal and child health and nutrition. While there is strong evidence that maternal and fetal nutrition affect children's development and survival, there is relatively little evidence linking aspects of reproductive health (eg breastfeeding, neonatal mortality) to the price and availability of nutritious food. This project will look at the experience of India in responding to food price shocks.

Our project aims to:

  • Assess the effects of food commodity prices on reproductive and child health, specifically maternal and childhood nutrition, fetal development, neonatal mortality, and early-childhood development
  • Identify national, state and household policy responses which may mitigate or exacerbate the reproductive and child-health effects of rising food prices

To fulfil these aims, the initial phase of the project will provide a detailed qualitative and quantitative multi-level, case-study of India. The project will build a collaborative exchange between Public Health Foundation of India, Oxford, and LSHTM, supported by a multi-disciplinary international advisory team.

This project is funded by the Hewlett/ESRC Joint Scheme.

Funding Provider

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Research Associate

Research Centre

  • Institute for Social Protection