Women's Empowerment in Agriculture, Production Diversity, and Nutrition: Evidence from Nepal

Drawing on household survey data from Nepal, this paper investigates the impact of women’s empowerment in agriculture and production diversity on dietary diversity and anthropometric outcomes of mothers and children. Production diversity is positively associated with mothers’ dietary diversity, body mass index, and dietary diversity for children under two. Empowerment indicators are significantly associated with maternal outcomes but have a variable effect on child outcomes. Women’s autonomy in production and hours worked improve maternal and children’s dietary diversity and child height for age z-scores (HAZ).

Malapit, H., Kadiyala, S., Quisumbing, A.R., Cunningham, K., Tyagi, P. (2013). IFPRI Discussion Paper 01313.