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Farm and Feed: Heterogeneous Effects of Integrating Farm Innovations on Child Nutrition in Uganda

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To achieve sustainable development goals (SDGs) entails increasing farm productivity to ensure food security and reduce hunger. Systematic use of agricultural innovations (mostly fertilizers, hybrid seeds, and pesticides) and, more importantly, a suitable mix of these technologies is the best way to raised farm productivity. However, adoption of these innovations is still limited in low-income economies, and this remains a constraint to achieving sustainable food production and food diets in those developing countries. This study examines an empirical cross-country analysis, exploring the associations between the adoption of agricultural innovations and child nutrition in rural Uganda. By considering various types of unobserved heterogeneity between households, the study reveals a strong relationship between farm innovations use and child nutrition. The study also reveals that the reduction in child malnutrition is strongly associated with combined innovations rather than single-use technology. The results suggest that efforts aimed at reducing child malnutrition and ensuring sustainable food security should mainly focus on stimulating farm households to adopt various combinations of agricultural innovations through affordable, accessible inputs markets, and adequate extension services.

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Nsabimana, A., Umutesi, A. (2021). Farm and Feed: Heterogeneous Effects of Integrating Farm Innovations on Child Nutrition in Uganda. In: Bali Swain, R., Sweet, S. (eds) Sustainable Consumption and Production, Volume I. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-56371-4_12

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