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Women in household decision-making and implications for dietary quality in Bhutan

Orkhan Sariyev, Tim K. Loos, Manfred Zeller and Tulsi Gurung
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Tim K. Loos: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Manfred Zeller: University of Hohenheim
Tulsi Gurung: College of Natural Resources

Agricultural and Food Economics, 2020, vol. 8, issue 1, 1-20

Abstract: Abstract Despite the wide range of literature supporting the linkages between women’s empowerment and food security, it is not examined in social contexts where females historically enjoy equality and even favoritism, for instance where there is female succession and/or polyandry. This study was done in the Kingdom of Bhutan where matrilineal succession and polyandry were prevalent during the twentieth century. Both quantitative and qualitative survey methods were employed with the objectives of (i) investigating women’s participation in crucial domestic decision-making processes and (ii) identifying the implications of female involvement in domestic decision-making on household-level dietary quality. While descriptive analyses and qualitative interviews revealed that women do not lack significant participation in domestic decision-making, the estimations indicate that the relationship between women’s participation in decision-making and dietary diversity is non-linear. Further analyses indicate a positive association between (perfect) gender equal decision-making regarding household livelihoods and household-level dietary quality.

Keywords: Decision-making; Gender equality; Dietary quality; Bhutan (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1186/s40100-020-00158-0

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