Women Empowerment in Agriculture and Children Nutritional Outcomes in Rural Burkina Faso

Women play a great role in agriculture activities as they are producer of the major part of food crop in developing countries and empowering them enable household nutrition. This study aims to assess the effect of women's empowerment in agriculture on the nutritional status of children, particularly in rural Burkina Faso. Based on data from the 2014 Multisectoral Continuous Survey (EMC), the study uses variables such as sales income control, access to land, autonomy in production decisions, access to credit and the level of education of women as empowerment measures. For the robustness check, the study adopts a dual measurement approach that first uses the variables of empowerment to identify their isolated effects and builds a composite index of empowerment in a second time. The estimation technique addresses different possibilities for the identification of parameters and the results indicate that women's empowerment has a beneficial effect on children's nutrition.