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Food Aid: Children

Volume 471: debated on Tuesday 29 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with reference to the answer of 21 May 2007, Official Report, column 1028W, to the hon. Member for Hornsey and Wood Green, on food aid: children, what the results were of the policy review of his Department’s approach to child malnutrition that was part of his Department’s health strategy launched in June 2007; and if he will publish the results of this policy review. (180829)

DFID is currently examining the Department’s approach to improving child malnutrition which was highlighted as one of a number of important issues in the 2007 health strategy. A recent report issued by the Institute of Development Studies and Save the Children UK has highlighted DFID’s strong track record in tackling the underlying causes of malnutrition but considers that we can do more. We are examining options where the Department can add value in improving the international research and evidence base and how we can expand policy links with country offices, such as India, where a major DFID programme to reduce levels of malnutrition is under way. We will publish the outcome on the DFID website in due course.