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Research Series Issue 4 - The effects of smallholder agricultural involvement on household food consumption and dietary diversity: Evidence from Malawi
May 2016

This paper investigates how household agricultural involvement affects food consumption and dietary diversity in rural Malawi. It analyses the relationship between on-farm income shares and the caloric consumption levels and shares across food groups. It finds that while food consumption and dietary diversity increase with agricultural involvement, the quality of diets does not improve. It highlights the importance of income diversification to dietary diversity and the need for investments in nutrition-sensitive agricultural value chains, nutrition education and crop diversification programmes. 

Author

Rui Benfica and Talip Killic

Countries

Malawi

Citation

Benfica, R., and Kilic, T. 2016. “The effects of smallholder agricultural involvement on household food consumption and dietary diversity: Evidence from Malawi.” IFAD Research Series 4. Rome: IFAD