Dealing with malnutrition in poor rural communities? Growing your food is better than relying on markets

Think back over the last month. What types of food have you and your family consumed? Have you eaten a balanced and diversified diet? The answer may not matter; what matters is who or what influenced your food choices. These and more are the questions that researchers from the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) set to find out. The study was carried out in Uganda with rural households as the sample population. The researchers wanted to combat malnutrition, but before recommending policy options, they needed to understand how and why people eat what they eat. The study, titled Farm Production Diversity: Is it important for Dietary Diversity? Panel Evidence from Uganda was recently published in Sustainability.

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Communications • 4th March 2020

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