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The impacts of postharvest storage innovations on food security and welfare in Ethiopia

Wondimagegn Tesfaye and Nyasha Tirivayi

Food Policy, 2018, vol. 75, issue C, 52-67

Abstract: Postharvest loss exacerbates the food insecurity and welfare loss of farming households in developing countries. This paper analyzes the impact of improved storage technologies on food and nutrition security and welfare using nationally representative data from Ethiopia. Endogenous switching regression models are employed to control for unobserved heterogeneity. The study finds that the use of improved storage technologies increases dietary diversity and reduces child malnutrition and self-reported food insecurity. We also find that non-user households would have experienced these benefits had they used improved storage technologies. Overall, the study suggests that improved storage technologies can enhance food and nutrition security, and could play a key role in alleviating the challenges of feeding a growing population.

Keywords: Storage innovations; Postharvest loss; Food and nutrition security; Welfare; Endogenous switching regression; Ethiopia (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D13 O33 Q12 Q16 Q18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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