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Does farm level diversification improve household dietary diversity? Evidence from Rural India

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Using data from a nationally representative survey of farm households in India we identify a causal link between dietary-diversity and farm level diversification. Propensity score matching techniques show that households which exclusively grow cereals (our treatment-group) consume significantly less diverse diet compared to those who grow both cereals and other crop-groups (our control-group). Various matching rules have been used to check for robustness of our results.

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  • Chatterjee, Tirtha, 2016. "Does farm level diversification improve household dietary diversity? Evidence from Rural India," 90th Annual Conference, April 4-6, 2016, Warwick University, Coventry, UK 236369, Agricultural Economics Society.
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    Agricultural and Food Policy; Farm Management; Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety;

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