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Resilience capacities and household nutrition in the presence of shocks. Evidence from Malawi

Conrad Murendo, Grace Kairezi and Kizito Mazvimavi

World Development Perspectives, 2020, vol. 20, issue C

Abstract: Very few studies have analysed the association between resilience capacity and household nutrition in the presence of drought and high input costs in Malawi. This paper addresses this literature gap using panel data from 1494 households collected in 2013 and 2016 in Malawi. Fixed and random effects panel count data regression models were estimated. The results show that resilience capacity was positively associated with household dietary diversity and food consumption. Access to basic services and assets improved household nutrition. Adaptive capacity enhanced food consumption during periods of high input cost shocks. Overall, the three resilience pillars are important for improved nutrition in Malawi. Hence, policies and interventions that improve access to basic services, asset accumulation and build adaptive capacities among households need to be promoted. For example, investments in road and telecommunication infrastructure, water and sanitation, productive assets, human capital development, crop and livestock diversification are crucial for resilience building and improved nutrition in Malawi.

Keywords: Resilience capacity; Dietary diversity; Food consumption; Nutrition; Malawi (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1016/j.wdp.2020.100241

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