Bhavani, R.V., Parasar, R., Vepa, S.S., Viswanathan, B.
A recent global hunger index indicated a 12 percent decline in child underweight rates. This study attempts an empirical explanation of the factors that influence child underweight rates at the district level. Agricultural land productivity, share of women educated above the secondary level and participating in work, maternal, and child health seem to contribute to the reduction in child underweight. However government health and water supply facilities turn out to be ineffective.
This work was supported by the Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia (LANSA) programme
Vepa, S.S.; Viswanathan, B.; Bhavani, R.V.; Parasar, R. Child Under-weight and Agricultural Productivity in India: Implications for Public Provisioning and Women’s Agency. Review of Radical Political Economics (2015) 47 (4) 579-587. [DOI: 10.1177/0486613415584587]