Household Approaches to Factors Affecting Nutrition: A Study of Two Indian Districts, Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia

A number of factors affect a household’s nutritional status: food production; access and availability of food; care in the home; health, water, sanitation and hygiene practices; women’s agency and empowerment; and women’s role as primary caregivers. This paper explores these factors at the household level by interviewing 100 women across four rural villages in Bijapur, Karnataka and Sabarkantha, Gujarat. This study seeks to improve our perception of how women and their families understand nutrition and whether some of the factors affecting nutrition are given less importance compared to others. We find that households think of nutrition primarily as healthy food that provides energy for physical work.

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South Asia Focus

Funded by UK DFID

This research has been funded by the UK Government’s Department for International Development; however the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the UK Government’s official policies

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