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Want to help India's children? Empower mothers

An Indian child eats mid-day meals organised by the government of Andhra Pradesh at a shanty area in Hyderabad, India. Photograph: Mahesh Kumar A/AP

A growing body of global research is pointing India toward a solution for its child-malnutrition crisis, which rivals that of sub-Saharan Africa: Give women legal control of the land they farm with their husbands. “Women in India have a lower status and therefore less control over resources, both land and money, and consequently do not have the leverage to ensure that their children’s needs are met,” writes Renee Giovarelli, executive director of the Landesa Center for Women’s Land Rights. Read the article at The Guardian (London)/Poverty Matters blog.

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