Fragile Environment, Seasonality, and Maternal and Childhood Undernutrition in Bangladesh

This paper aims to understand whether spatial and seasonal variations affect maternal and childhood undernutrition in Bangladesh

Abstract

Spatial distribution of poverty in Bangladesh shows that poverty is concentrated in ecologically unfavourable areas. Recently, the issue of spatial distribution of undernutrition has emerged as a matter of concern as well, considering the growing evidence of the strong persistence of existing inequalities.Therefore, whether ecological differences have affected nutritional outcomes is becoming an important issue for research.

This paper aims to understand whether spatial and seasonal variations affect maternal and childhood undernutrition in Bangladesh. The study first tests the hypothesis whether agricultural and household incomes are same across different agro-ecological environments. It then carries out an in-depth analysis of the effect of unfavourable ecologies on maternal and child malnutrition.

This research is part of the Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia (LANSA) programme

Citation

Masuda Mohsena, Barnali Chakraborty, Mahabub Hossain, AN Mahfuzur Rahman, Abdul Bayes. Fragile Environment, Seasonality, and Maternal and Childhood Undernutrition in Bangladesh. LANSA working paper 10, 32pp

Fragile Environment, Seasonality, and Maternal and Childhood Undernutrition in Bangladesh

Published 1 December 2016