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IFAD RESEARCH SERIES 18 - Do agricultural support and cash transfer programmes improve nutritional status?


  • Winters, P.
  • Gitter, S.R.
  • Manley, J.
  • Bernstein, B.


Cash transfer and agricultural support programmes are both used to improve nutrition outcomes in developing countries. This paper examines previous reviews of the impact of these programmes and compares the evidence between the two. The paper finds that, although there are about the same number of programmes of each type, many more papers have been written about the cash transfer programmes than the agricultural programmes. While evidence suggests that both programme types improved the quality of food consumption, the paper concludes that both types show weak evidence of improvements in anthropometric outcomes.

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  • Winters, P. & Gitter, S.R. & Manley, J. & Bernstein, B., 2017. "IFAD RESEARCH SERIES 18 - Do agricultural support and cash transfer programmes improve nutritional status?," IFAD Research Series 280056, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:unadrs:280056
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.280056

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