Impacts of cash on nutrition outcomes: From available scientific evidence to informed action

Undernutrition is a persistent global public health challenge; the 2017 Global Nutrition Report notes that 88% of countries suffer from a significant burden of two or three forms of malnutrition. Among children under the age of five, 52 million children are acutely undernourished and 155 million are stunted. To tackle the global burden of undernutrition, nutrition-sensitive interventions have been identified with a high potential to efficiently prevent undernutrition in all its forms. Among them, cash transfers are a key program modality that could allow scaling-up of interventions

This review of the current state of evidence on the impacts of cash on nutrition outcomes was an essential preliminary step to develop a set of recommendations on how to support the use of cash transfers for enhanced nutrition outcomes in humanitarian and development programmes. The report provides insights on the key findings and recommendations, as well as the R4ACT process.