The Role of Nutrition and Women's Empowerment in Human Capital Development
AbstractNutritional status and the empowerment of women have massive implications on the physical and mental development of their children. We explore the role of nutrition of women and children in the household and further posit the importance of the motherâ€™s human capital. Increases in womenâ€™s human capital positively affect the efficiency of management and the allocation of other inputs for household production, especially for staples, vegetables and poultry. A model for human capital is postulated in which the primary input variables are the education of men, the education of women, health, training and a motherâ€™s human capital. Due to the amplifying and intergenerational benefits of womenâ€™s human capital, we find that investments in womenâ€™s capital have greater positive benefits and implications for long-term food security and economic development than traditional academic models credit.
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Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by Food Distribution Research Society in its journal Journal of Food Distribution Research.
Volume (Year): 45 (2014)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
nutrition; food insecurity; poverty; womenâ€™s empowerment.; Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety; Food Security and Poverty; Labor and Human Capital;
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