Agricultural production and children’s diets: Evidence from rural Ethiopia

Abstract

This working paper has been published by the Ethiopia Strategy Support Programme (ESSP) and funded by Transform Nutrition in which the relationship between pre-school children’s food consumption and household agricultural production is studied.

Using a large household survey from rural Ethiopia, the authors find that increasing household production diversity leads to considerable improvements in children’s diet diversity. However, they also document how this non-separability of consumption and production does not hold for households that have access to food markets. These findings imply that nutrition-sensitive agricultural interventions that push for market-integration are likely to be more effective in reducing under-nutrition than those promoting production diversity.

Citation

Hirvonen, K.; Hoddinott, J. Agricultural production and children’s diets: Evidence from rural Ethiopia. Ethiopia Strategy Support Programme (ESSP), (2014) 17 pp.

Agricultural production and children’s diets: Evidence from rural Ethiopia

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