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This paper provides evidence of the effect of agricultural diversification and commercializationon the health of preschool children. We specifically look at the impact of diversification andcommercialization on stunting, wasting and underweight by using a nationally representativesample of households taken from the Tanzania National Panel Survey (TNPS). We find thatengaging in contract farming for producing food crops has a negative effect on stunting andwasting. Diversification only has a positive effect on stunting of children at the bottom of thenutritional distribution while commercialization effects vary according to the type of crop thatthe household sells and the position of children in the nutritional distribution. The resultsprovide insight into the effects of policies that pursue agricultural diversification and commercializationon the household well-being.

Keywords: nutrition ; agricultural diversification ; commercialization ; household welfare

Subject(s): Community/Rural/Urban Development

Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety

Health Economics and Policy

Public Economics

Issue Date: Jun 03 2013

Publication Type: Conference Paper/ Presentation

PURL Identifier: http://purl.umn.edu/150952

Total Pages: 26

JEL Codes: I12; I15; Q12; Q18

Series Statement: Paper

3215

Record appears in: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) > 2013 Annual Meeting, August 4-6, 2013, Washington, D.C.





Autor: Chen, Susan E. ; Salas, Paula Cordero

Fuente: http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/150952?ln=en







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