Achieving the right balance
Helping to improve health, child nutrition and women's lives in rural communities in India.
We stand up for what’s right. We carry out research to tackle inequality, influence policy development and improve people’s lives all around the world.
Take Nitya Rao for example, Professor of Gender & Development at our School of International Development*. Nitya examines the intersections of gender with other forms of social identity (such as caste and ethnicity) and inequality, as central to addressing development challenges.
Nitya is currently involved with research that examines the links between women’s agricultural work, and the nutrition and health outcomes of their children, households and of the women themselves.
She finds that the key to improving household nutrition, health outcomes and women’s lives in India is first of all the recognition of women as farmers and workers, and the implementation of policies that aim to reduce the time and effort-intensity of women’s agricultural and domestic work.
“The lack of attention to women’s time as a key factor in child nutrition outcomes is perhaps the main reason for the persistence of poor nutritional outcomes despite economic growth.” – Professor Nitya Rao
*As part of their 50th anniversary celebration, the School of International Development is changing its name to the School of Global Development from 1 August 2023.
“Infrastructural support that can reduce the drudgery and effort/time intensity of women’s domestic tasks, especially cooking, the provisioning of clean energy and drinking water, and quality child-care services, alongside ensuring remunerative wages and decent work conditions, will help India move toward the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals of reducing hunger and stopping intergenerational nutritional deprivation, alongside moving towards gender equality.” – Professor Nitya Rao