Skip to main content

Nutrition, health, and economic development: Some policy priorities

The full text article is not available for purchase.

The publisher only permits individual articles to be downloaded by subscribers.


Most developing countries face different resource and infrastructural constraints that limit their economic growth. Nutritional deficiencies, poor environmental conditions, and inadequate educational infrastructure hamper children's learning, which is critical for the future supply of skilled labor and hence for economic development. There is a need to assign priorities for resource allocation among nutritional, health-care, and educational policies. This paper draws implications from several studies using data from less developed countries within a multidisciplinary framework. It concludes that iron supplementation of pregnant women and access to family-planning services are likely to enhance maternal and infant health. Where iodine deficiency is endemic, iodized salt is important for preventing cognitive damage to the fetus. Higher intakes of protein and micronutrients such as iron are important for children's physical growth, morbidity, and learning. Improved sanitation and vaccines against infections will prevent loss of vital nutrients. Investments in educational infrastructure, including adult literacy programs, are beneficial for children's cognitive development. Nutrition and health policies based on long-term considerations will lead to a well-trained labor force enabling non-resource-rich developing countries to escape from poverty traps.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 2001

More about this publication?
  • 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

  • Editorial Board
  • Information for Authors
  • Submit a Paper
  • Subscribe to this Title
  • Information for Advertisers
  • Rights and Permissions
  • ingentaconnect is not responsible for the content or availability of external websites

Access Key

Free Content
Free content
New Content
New content
Open Access Content
Open access content
Subscribed Content
Subscribed content
Free Trial Content
Free trial content
Cookie Policy
Cookie Policy
ingentaconnect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more