Women's Empowerment in Agriculture Production Diversity, and Nutrition: Summary

Briefs
Sectors:
Agriculture, Health, Gender, Nutrition
Organization:
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Author:
Hazel Malapit, Suneetha Kadiyala, Agnes Quisumbing, et al.
Regions:
South Asia
Publication Dates:
March, 2014
Content Formats:
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Using household survey data from Nepal, the authors of this paper investigate the impact of women’s empowerment in agriculture and production diversity on dietary diversity and anthropometric outcomes of mothers and children. Production diversity is positively associated with mothers’ dietary diversity and body mass index. Production diversity is positively associated with dietary diversity for children under two and predicts weight-for-age (WAZ), weight-for-height (WHZ), and height-for-age (HAZ) z-scores of children over two years of age. Indicators of empowerment are significantly associated with maternal outcomes but have a variable effect on child outcomes. Women’s autonomy in production and hours worked improve maternal and children’s dietary diversity and child HAZ.

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