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Malnutrition occurs as a result of complex interplay among various factors. However, simple yet practical and innovative solutions can contribute towards ending malnutrition and anaemia. Elaborate.

Topic: Issues relating to poverty and hunger.

4. Malnutrition occurs as a result of complex interplay among various factors. However, simple yet practical and innovative solutions can contribute towards ending malnutrition and anaemia. Elaborate. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: The Hindu

Why the question:

The National Family Health Survey (NFHS-5) has shown marginal improvement in different nutrition indicators, indicating that the pace of progress is slow. Children in several States are more undernourished now than they were five years ago.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about causes for Malnutrition and measures needed to overcome it.

Directive word: 

Elaborate – Give a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the context. You must be defining key terms wherever appropriate and substantiate with relevant associated facts.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by giving statistic related to status of malnutrition in India.

Body:

First, write about the various causes of malnutrition – poverty, maternal health illiteracy, diseases like diarrhoea, home environment, dietary practices, hand washing and other hygiene practices, etc. Briefly mention its impact.

Next, write about the simple and innovative solutions that are needed to tackle it.

Conclusion:

Conclude with a way forward.