Integrated Multisectoral Nutrition Interventions at the Village Level

  • Bruce F. Johnston


In considering integrated and multisectoral nutrition interventions at the village level, two general propositions should be emphasized at the outset. First, we need to recognize that in the low-income developing countries where nutritional and related health problems are most serious and intractable, the great majority of the population still lives in rural villages. Hence, as we consider the issues related to the design and implementation of policies and programs capable of having an impact at the village level, we must not lose sight of the fact that this target population represents some 70–80% of the total population and is located in thousands of villages—indeed, in something over 500 thousand villages in the case of India alone. Second, I believe that we must face up to the fact that the actual progress to date in reducing malnutrition in most of the developing countries has not measured up to the high expectations expressed at the 1971 MIT Conference on Nutrition, National Development, and Planning (1) and at other international forums.


Labor Force Village Level Crude Death Rate Crude Birth Rate Nutrition Strategy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bruce F. Johnston
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  1. 1.Food Research InstituteStanfordUSA

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