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Nutrition in Central Uganda - An Estimation of a Minimum Cost Healthy Diet


  • Badirwang, Keeletlhoko Faith
  • Nakakeeto, Gertrude
  • Rudi, Jeta
  • Taylor, Daniel B.


This study makes use of linear programming methodology to design a minimum cost diet for the Central Ugandan region. We used a set of constraints on recommended levels of daily nutrient intake, recommended proportions of groups of foods, as well as preferences and food availability in Central Uganda, to design a minimum cost healthy daily diet. Several models were considered, each forcing at least one of the following frequently consumed staple foods: matooke, cassava, and rice. We found that the minimum costs of the optimal diets were lowest in the planting season of March and highest in the harvesting season of December.

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  • Badirwang, Keeletlhoko Faith & Nakakeeto, Gertrude & Rudi, Jeta & Taylor, Daniel B., 2011. "Nutrition in Central Uganda - An Estimation of a Minimum Cost Healthy Diet," 2011 Annual Meeting, July 24-26, 2011, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 103603, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:aaea11:103603
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.103603

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