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Children's Diets, Nutrition Knowledge, and Access to Markets

"Chronic undernutrition in Ethiopia is widespread and many children consume highly monotonous diets. To improve feeding practices in Ethiopia, a strong focus in nutrition programming has been placed on improving the nutrition knowledge of caregivers…

Agriculture to Nutrition (ATONU): Dietary Diversity and Nutritional Status in Women and Children in Rural Farming Households in Ethiopia and Tanzania

The results of the studies in the two countries show that there is high malnutrition among women and children in the study population. These populations are highly vulnerable to food and nutrition insecurity and the nutrition-sensitive interventions…

Vegetable Production from Home Gardens

From the baseline study for the ATONU project, formative research and literature review from the project sites, it was apparent that there was dietary inadequacy, with animal source foods, vegetables and fruits being consumed in small quantities. …

Fathers' Nutrition Knowledge is Associated with Household's, Women's, and Child's Dietary Diversity in the Agriculture to Nutrition Study in Ethiopia

In an effort to address undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies among women and children in rural areas of developing countries, nutrition-sensitive agriculture (NSA) projects focus on women as a medium to effect positive nutritional outcomes.…

Access to Agricultural Land and Nutritional Outcomes at the Household Level: A Gender Perspective Analysis in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

Despite the huge DRC’s agricultural potential, the majority of the Congolese population remains largely vulnerable to food insecurity, malnutrition and hunger. While 71% of the labour force are employed in agriculture, there is a contrast between th…

COVID-19 and Food Security in Ethiopia: Do Social Protection Programs Protect?

We assess the impact of Ethiopia’s flagship social protection program, the Productive Safety Net Program (PSNP) on the adverse impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on food and nutrition security of households, mothers, and children. We use both pre-pand…

Crop Production Diversity and Women Dietary Diversity in Rural Kenya

Despite the commitments and efforts to fight all forms of malnutrition, malnutrition among women in Kenya persists. Using the Kenya Integrated Household Budget Survey data this paper examined, the extent to which crop diversification and diet diver…

Impact of the Farmer Input Support Policy on Agricultural Production Diversity and Dietary Diversity in Zambia

With vast and abundant natural resources such as land and water, Zambia has great potential to achieve self-sufficiency in agricultural production and hence meet her nutritional needs. Despite this endowment, poverty and malnutrition levels remain s…

Crop Production Diversity and Women Dietary Diversity in Rural Kenya - Policy Brief

Despite the commitments and efforts to fight all forms of malnutrition, malnutrition in Kenya persists. Using the Kenya Integrated Household Budget Survey 2005/06 (a nationally representative survey), we examine the linkages between diversity in cro…

Gendered Effects of Participation in Agricultural Subsidies on Rural Household Dietary Diversity in Zambia

Gender inequalities attributed to rural women's unequal access to and control of productive resources and services impact negatively on household food and nutrition security. Yet, if women had the same access to productive resources as men, they cou…

Crop Diversification Increases Household Diets and Improves Child Growth in Ethiopia

This brief is based on a study that utilizes rich panel survey data combined with historical weather data to assess the impact of crop diversity on different nutrition outcome indicators that include child growth, household nutrient production gaps,…

Panel Data Analysis of a Crop Diversification Strategy in South-Western and Northern Uganda

This study contributes to the evidence on the impact of agricultural policies and programmes on nutritional outcomes at the household level. We specifically examined the effect of adoption of crop diversification on household and child nutrition out…

Farm Production Diversity: Is it Important for Food Security, Dietary Diversity and Nutrition? Panel Data Evidence from Uganda

Improved food security (quantities of food available to households for consumption) and nutrition security (quality of food available to households) remain global problems. Yet, food and nutrition security are areas of strategic importance with rega…

Determinants of Participation in Rural Off-farm Activities and Effects on Food Shortage, Relative Deprivation and Diet Diversity

This study investigates the determinants of smallholder farmers’ participation in rural off-farm activities, including own non-farm business and wage employment, and effects on food shortage, relative deprivation and dietary diversity. We use a thre…

The Nexus of Production Diversity, Market Participation, and Dietary Diversity: Insights from Ethiopia

This study examines the nexus among production diversity, market participation, and consumption diversity in smallholder households. It identifies the main factors that influence smallholder farm households’ decision to diversify production and eval…

Making Cash Crop Value Chains Nutrition-sensitive: Evidence from a Quasi-experiment in Rural Sierra Leone

With a strong global commitment to ending food insecurity and malnutrition, policymakers are increasingly grappling with how to make smallholder agriculture nutrition-sensitive. While the need to address these problems on multiple fronts is widely r…

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