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Open Access Title II food aid and the nutrition of children in Latin America and the Caribbean

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This article addresses the policy, programme, and food-commodity aspects of United States non-emergency food assistance programmes in the Latin American and Caribbean region since the end of the Cold War. The article contains an analysis of the cost, composition, and quality-control improvements of United States Public Law 480 (P. L.480) Title II foods, which reach over one-half million recipients each year through 16 maternal and child health programmes in 6 countries. After a description of the changes in maternal and child health programmes in the 1990s, the author concludes that further improvement in the nutritional status of young children in Latin America will take place more readily from the transformation of food distribution programmes into food and nutrition security programmes than from isolated acts of supplying complementary foods of improved quality.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2000

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  • Established in 1978, the Food and Nutrition Bulletin (FNB) is a peer-reviewed journal published quarterly by the Nevin Scrimshaw International Nutrition Foundation.

    The focus of the journal is to highlight original scientific articles on nutrition research, policy analyses, and state-of-the-art summaries relating to multidisciplinary efforts to alleviate the problems of hunger and malnutrition in the developing world.

    Food and Nutrition Bulletin's 2012 Impact Factor: 2.106

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