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.
This research is supported by the Department for International Development’s Transform Nutrition Programme which is led by International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
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