Podcast Episode 10: “Does Money Really Talk?” with Akhter Ahmed

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Can we really rid the world of hunger and malnutrition in under a decade? The Nourishing Millions podcast series, undertaken in partnership with the University of Michigan School of Public Health, features the latest groundbreaking thinking about nutrition from top policymakers, researchers, and practitioners. Together, the episodes tell the story of how small and large movements—and everyday people—can help us achieve a food- and nutrition-secure world.

On this week’s episode, Dr. Akhter Ahmed, Senior Research Fellow in the Poverty, Health, and Nutrition Division of IFPRI, discusses the importance of social protection programs, which often provide cash or food assistance for one-third of Bangladesh’s population living below the poverty line, and their ability to decrease the prevalence of stunting and underweight among children. Dr. Ahmed and his colleagues created a program called the Transfer Modality Research Initiative (TMRI) to test the efficacy of different combinations of transfers. He discusses the surprising results, which shed light on which combination of transfers produces the best results for child nutrition, and how these findings can be used to inform new policies.

Listen to the episode on SoundCloud or iTunes.

Previous episodes of the podcast series are also available:

Episode 1. "Grasshopper a la Mode" with Jacob Anankware: SoundCloud or iTunes.

Episode 2. "From the Farm to the Schoolhouse" with Catherine Bertini: Soundcloud or iTunes

Episode 3. "The Private Sector Puzzle" with Lawrence Haddad: Soundcloud or iTunes

Episode 4. "Can Nutrition Beat the Heat?" with Sam Myers: SoundCloud or iTunes

Episode 5. "A Million House Calls" with Regine Kopplow and Meghan Anson: SoundCloud or iTunes

Episode 6. "Rise of the Dragon" with Shenggen Fan: SoundCloud or iTunes

Episode 7. “On to the Road to 1 Billion” with Howdy Bouis: SoundCloud or iTunes

Episode 8. "Supersizing Big Ag" with Danielle Nierenberg: SoundCloud or iTunes

Episode 9. "Where Things Won't Grow" with Corey Ellis: SoundCloud or iTunes

Blog Post by: Isa Kujawski and Nosheen Hayat


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