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Overcoming malnutrition: is there an ecoregional dimension?

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  • Sharma, Manohar
  • Garcia, Marito
  • Qureshi, Aamir
  • Brown, Lynn R.

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Agroecological conditions largely determine the production potential of an agrarian area and its ability to support a number of people. It seems to make sense, therefore, to base economic and policy research on ecoregional zones, rather than on geographical or political boundaries alone. This paper represents a first attempt to map the prevalence of underweight children by ecoregions, using malnutrition as a proxy for poverty. It indicates that the natural environment does play a role in poverty and malnutrition, but other socioeconomic factors have a strong influence. For example, much of Latin America and the Caribbean falls into ecoregions where children are prone to malnutrition, but the share of malnourished children is lower than would be expected because incomes are relatively high.

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Paper provided by International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in its series 2020 vision discussion papers with number 10.

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Date of creation: 1996
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Handle: RePEc:fpr:2020dp:10

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Keywords: Malnutrition.; Agriculture Environmental aspects.; Poverty.;

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  1. Delgado, Christopher L. & Rosegrant, Mark W. & Steinfeld, Henning & Ehui, Simeon K. & Courbois, Claude, 1999. "Livestock to 2020: the next food revolution," 2020 vision discussion papers 28, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
  2. Fan, Shenggen & Chan-Kang, Connie, 2004. "Returns to investment in less-favored areas in developing countries: a synthesis of evidence and implications for Africa," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 29(4), pages 431-444, August.
  3. Fenske, James & Kala, Namrata, 2013. "Climate, ecosystem resilience and the slave trade," MPRA Paper 50816, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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