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Associations between maternal participation in agricultural decision-making and child nutrition in semiarid Kenya

Associations between maternal participation in agricultural decision-making and child nutrition in semiarid Kenya

Po, June Yee Tsun ORCID: 0000-0001-6124-8235, Bukania, Zipporah, Muhammad, Lutta and Hickey, Gordon M. (2019) Associations between maternal participation in agricultural decision-making and child nutrition in semiarid Kenya. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition. ISSN 1932-0256 (Print), 1932-0256 (Online) (In Press) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/19320248.2019.1617214)

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Abstract

This study explores the associations between childhood growth measures and maternal participation in agricultural decision-making in chronically food-insecure semiarid Kenya. We collected anthropometric measures from 221 mother and child pairs. Maternal participation in agricultural decision-making was measured in a follow-up study. Using Kruskal–Wallis H test and Dunn’s pairwise comparison, we find a statistically significant positive association between child growth and maternal participation in agricultural decision-making. Similar associations are found when controlled for social–demographic variables, particularly among poor households, male-headed households, daughters, children 6–16 months old, and mothers with normal body mass index. The research contributes to our understanding in the nexus of agriculture, gender dynamics, and childhood undernutrition in rural African contexts.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: agriculture, anthropometry, causal loop, gender, Kenya, participation
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Livelihoods & Institutions Department
Last Modified: 30 Apr 2020 01:38
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/26526

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