Exploring agriculture-child nutrition pathways: evidence from Malawi’s Farm Input Subsidy Program

Chakrabarti, Averi; Harou, Aurélie P.; Fanzo, Jessica C.; Palm, Cheryl A.

Child undernutrition is highly prevalent around the world, particularly in low-income countries where economies are largely driven by the agricultural sector. Agricultural policies have the potential to impact total food production as well as food quality and diversity, thereby shaping nutritional status. In this study, we first corroborate evidence that Malawi’s Farm Input Subsidy Program (FISP), which provides subsidized vouchers for farm inputs to targeted rural households, boosts child nutritional status. Our analysis includes recent years during which the program’s nutrition impacts have not been previously examined. We then investigate three broad categories of agriculture-child nutrition linkages in the context of this program: (1) farm production and diversity, (2) crop sales, non-farm enterprises, and food consumption from different sources (purchases and own production), and (3) women’s empowerment and the …

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International Research Institute for Climate and Society
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May 29, 2024