The Asian Enigma
This reflects the idea that despite relatively better progress in the factors that affect childhood nutrition, the nutritional status of children in South Asia is much lower than in sub-Saharan Africa. Studies show that this enigma is caused by the low status of women in South Asian society.
Ramalingaswami, Vulimiri, Urban Jonsson and Jon Rohde. 1996. "Commentary: The Asian Enigma," The Progress of Nations 1996, UNICEF.
In this article, three experts in child health and nutrition draw on their combined experience and the available evidence to suggest a possible explanation of the Asian enigma.
Smith, Lisa C., Usha Ramakrishnan, Aida Ndiaye, Lawrence Haddad, and Reynaldo Martorell. 2002. "The Asian Engima," Chapter 7, The Importance of Women’s Status for Child Nutrition in Developing Countries. International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) Research Report 131.