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Impacts of Caregivers’ Nutrition Knowledge and Food Market Accessibility on Preschool Children’s Dietary Diversity in Remote Communities in Southeast Nigeria

Robert Ugochukwu Onyeneke (), Chinyere Augusta Nwajiuba (), Christiana Ogonna Igberi (), Mark Umunna Amadi (), Francis Chidi Anosike (), Anthony Oko-Isu (), Jane Munonye (), Christian Uwadoka () and Adewale Iyaniwura Adeolu ()
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Robert Ugochukwu Onyeneke: Faculty of Agriculture, Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo, Ebonyi State 482131, Nigeria
Chinyere Augusta Nwajiuba: Faculty of Education, Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo, Ebonyi State 482131, Nigeria
Christiana Ogonna Igberi: Faculty of Agriculture, Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo, Ebonyi State 482131, Nigeria
Mark Umunna Amadi: Faculty of Agriculture, Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo, Ebonyi State 482131, Nigeria
Francis Chidi Anosike: Faculty of Agriculture, Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo, Ebonyi State 482131, Nigeria
Anthony Oko-Isu: Faculty of Agriculture, Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo, Ebonyi State 482131, Nigeria
Jane Munonye: Faculty of Agriculture, Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo, Ebonyi State 482131, Nigeria
Christian Uwadoka: Centre for Development Assistance Management, Partnership and Training, Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo, Ebonyi State 482131, Nigeria
Adewale Iyaniwura Adeolu: Faculty of Agriculture, Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo, Ebonyi State 482131, Nigeria

Sustainability, 2019, vol. 11, issue 6, 1-19

Abstract: Empirical evidence is scanty on the nexus between caregivers’ nutrition knowledge, market accessibility, and preschool children’s dietary diversity in remote communities of Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria. To fill this gap, this study evaluated the effects of caregivers’ nutrition knowledge and access to food market on dietary diversity of preschool children. We used cross-sectional data from four hundred households selected from twenty remote communities in Southeast Nigeria. The study adopted instrumental variable regression to estimate the impacts of nutrition knowledge and food market access on preschool children’s dietary diversity. The findings show that in remote communities, caregivers’ nutrition knowledge and households’ closeness to the market improved preschool children’s dietary diversity. The study demonstrates the potential of improving preschool children’s nutrition outcomes through enhancing access to food market and the nutrition knowledge of the caregivers.

Keywords: nutrition knowledge; market access; preschool children; FANTA; food groups; impact; instrumental variable (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q Q0 Q2 Q3 Q5 Q56 O13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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