Developmental Drivers of Nutritional Change: A Cross-country Analysis

Journal Articles
Sectors:
Agriculture, Health, Nutrition
Organization:
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Author:
Derek Headey
Region:
Global
Resource Publication Date:
February, 2013
Content Format:
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The author uses a cross-country data set to understand within-country changes in nutrition. He finds that economic growth is a strong predictor of nutritional performance, as is growth in food production, although only in more food insecure countries. While there is no evidence that infrastructure is directly important, greater asset ownership, improved access to health services, higher rates of female secondary education, and lower fertility rates are all strong predictors of improvements in nutrition. The author ends by showing that national success stories are largely consistent with these findings.

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