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Urban agriculture, dietary diversity and child health in a sample of Tanzanian town folk

Urban agriculture, dietary diversity and child health in a sample of Tanzanian town folk

Wagner, Natascha and Tasciotti, Luca ORCID: 0000-0003-2561-5530 (2017) Urban agriculture, dietary diversity and child health in a sample of Tanzanian town folk. Canadian Journal of Development Studies / Revue canadienne d'études du développement, 39 (2). pp. 234-251. ISSN 0225-5189 (Print), 2158-9100 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/02255189.2017.1375902)

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Abstract

Undernutrition and micronutrient deficiency continue to be two of the major health burdens in less developed economies. In this study, we explore the link between urban agriculture, dietary diversity and child health, using weight-for-age and height-for-age Z-scores. The study makes use of two rounds of observational data for urban Tanzania and employs an instrumental variables estimation approach. We show that practising urban agriculture leads to the consumption of a greater variety of food items and the health status of urban children living in households practising urban agriculture significantly improves in the short and, more importantly, long term.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: urban agriculture, child health, anthropometrics, dietary diversity, Tanzania
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of International Business & Economics
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2020 11:17
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/26961

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