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Title:An investigation of the relationships among homegardens, dietary diversity, and the nutritional status of children aged 0 to 5 in Indian households
Author(s):Chauhan, Richa
Advisor(s):Arends-Kuenning, Mary P.
Contributor(s):Winter-Nelson, Alex E.; Baylis, Kathy
Department / Program:Agricultural & Consumer Economics
Discipline:Agricultural & Applied Economics
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Nutritional Status
Dietary Diversity
Indian Households
Abstract:Using micro level household survey data from India, I investigate the variation in the presence of the household homegardens, the household dietary diversity and the nutritional status of children between the ages of 0 to 5. The investigative analysis using household survey data from India for the year 2004-2005 reveals that the household socio-economic, demographic, geographic and family attributes influence the choice of homegardens, dietary diversity and the nutritional status of children. Results from my analysis show that the choice of a homegarden by a household seems to depend on a number of factors like household size, number of children in the household, female education, mother’s employment, and the size of the area that a household owns and cultivates, other things being equal. Religion, caste, and residence in different states seem to affect the presence of homegardens too. Household dietary diversity (HDDS) is positively associated with the household crop diversity and presence of homegardens in the household. The results of this study show that the short term nutritional status weight-for age scores (WAZ) of children in the ages 0 to 5 is negatively related to household dietary diversity , while the presence of a homegarden positively affects the long term nutritional status denoted by height-for-age scores (HAZ).
Issue Date:2015-07-22
Rights Information:Copyright 2015 Richa Chauhan
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-29
Date Deposited:August 201

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