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The Effect of Agricultural Diversification 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 effect of agricultural diversification and commercialization on the health of preschool children. We specifically look at the impact of diversification and commercialization on stunting, wasting and underweight by using a nationally representative sample of households taken from the Tanzania National Panel Survey (TNPS). We find that engaging in contract farming for producing food crops has a negative effect on stunting and wasting. Diversification only has a positive effect on stunting of children at the bottom of the nutritional distribution while commercialization effects 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 effects of policies that pursue agricultural diversification and commercialization on the household well-being.

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  • Chen, Susan E. & Salas, Paula Cordero, 2013. "The Effect of Agricultural Diversification on the Anthropometric Outcomes of Children: Evidence from Tanzania," 2013 Annual Meeting, August 4-6, 2013, Washington, D.C. 150952, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
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    1. Delgado, Christopher L., 1995. "Agricultural diversification and export promotion in sub-Saharan Africa," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 20(3), pages 225-243, June.
    2. Behrman, Jere R., 1993. "The economic rationale for investing in nutrition in developing countries," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 21(11), pages 1749-1771, November.
    3. 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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    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;

    JEL classification:

    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • I15 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health and Economic Development
    • Q12 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Micro Analysis of Farm Firms, Farm Households, and Farm Input Markets
    • Q18 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Policy; Food Policy

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