Child Malnutrition in Ethiopia: can maternal knowledge augment the Role of Income?

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Ethiopian Economics Association (EEA)
Luc Christiaensen

Over the past decades, child malnutrition in Ethiopia has persisted at alarmingly high rates. By applying the conditional nutrition demand approach to household data from three consecutive welfare monitoring surveys over the period 1996-1998, this study identifies household resources, parental education, food prices and maternal nutritional knowledge as key determinants of growth faltering in Ethiopia. Income growth is important for alleviating child stunting, though on its own it will not suffice to reach the international goal of halving each country’s level of child malnutrition by 2020. Universalizing access to primary schooling for girls has slightly more promise. Our empirical results also indicate that targeted child growth monitoring or maternal nutrition education programs may augment efforts to promote private income growth and formal schooling in order to reduce child growth faltering in Ethiopia

Corporate Author: Ethiopian Economic Association/Ethiopian Economic Policy Research Institute
Publisher: Ethiopian Economic Association (EEA)
Primary Descriptors: Children-Nutrition
Secondary Descriptor: Malnutrition in children
Geographic Descriptors: Ethiopia
Cataloge Date: 02/27/2013
Broad Subject heading: SOCIAL SECTOR ISSUES
Call Number: 330.963 PRO 2004
Serial Key Title: Proceedings of the First International Conference on the Ethiopian Economy
Publication catagory: International Conference
Content type: EEA Publication
Volume: III
Publication date: 2013-05-27 23:04:00
Forum or Discussion date: 2013-02-27 14:55:42
Place of publication: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Type of material: Book
Current frequency: Annualy
Author: Luc Christiaensen and Harold Alderman

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