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Open Access Social protection networks in Central America and the Dominican Republic: Do they have a nutritional dimension ?

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Abstract:

background. It is not known whether the social protection networks in the Central American subregion and the Dominican Republic have a nutritional dimension.

Objective. To explore whether the social protection networks in Central America and the Dominican Republic have a nutritional dimension.

Methods. A survey was conducted during 2009 of 110 social protection programs and 10 national plans in Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, and the Dominican Republic.

Results. Most of the social protection programs did not have a nutritional dimension.

Conclusions. With few exceptions, the social protection programs were not prepared to prevent undernutrition. There may be a similar situation in other regions. It is recommended to incorporate the nutritional dimension into all social protection programs and social safety nets in Central America and the Dominican Republic as well as in all other countries with low-income populations, worldwide.

Keywords: CENTRAL AMERICA; DOMINICAN REPUBLIC; MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS; NUTRITIONAL DIMENSION; POVERTY; SOCIAL PROTECTION PROGRAMS; SOCIAL SAFETY NETS; STUNTING; UNDERNUTRITION

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 2011

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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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