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The Eff ect of Agricultural Diversi fication on the Anthropometric Outcomes of Children: Evidence from Tanzania


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  • Chen, Susan E.
  • Salas, Paula Cordero
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    This paper provides evidence of the e ect of agricultural diversi cation and commercialization on the health of preschool children. We speci cally look at the impact of diversi cation and commercialization on stunting, wasting and underweight by using a nationally representative sample of households taken from the Tanzania National Panel Survey (TNPS). We nd that engaging in contract farming for producing food crops has a negative e ect on stunting and wasting. Diversi cation only has a positive e ect on stunting of children at the bottom of the nutritional distribution while commercialization e ects vary according to the type of crop that the household sells and the position of children in the nutritional distribution. The results provide insight into the e ects of policies that pursue agricultural diversi cation and commercialization on the household well-being.

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    Paper provided by Agricultural and Applied Economics Association in its series 2013 Annual Meeting, August 4-6, 2013, Washington, D.C. with number 150952.

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    Date of creation: 03 Jun 2013
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    Handle: RePEc:ags:aaea13:150952

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    Keywords: nutrition; agricultural diversification; commercialization; household welfare; Community/Rural/Urban Development; Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety; Health Economics and Policy; Public Economics; I12; I15; Q12; Q18;

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    1. Lawrence Haddad & Harold Alderman & Simon Appleton & Lina Song & Yisehac Yohannes, 2003. "Reducing Child Malnutrition: How Far Does Income Growth Take Us?," World Bank Economic Review, World Bank Group, vol. 17(1), pages 107-131, June.
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