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Characteristics of Smallholder Farm Households in Upper Egypt

Implications for nutrition-sensitive agricultural interventions

This paper characterizes smallholder farm households in Upper Egypt based on data from a comprehensive farm household survey. The results from the descriptive analysis in combination with findings from the global literature provide recommendations on how agricultural projects can be leveraged for improving nutrition. The importance of focusing on nutrition is underlined by relatively high undernutrition and overnutrition rates among the surveyed farm households: almost 18 percent of children under five years of age are stunted and almost 25 percent of them are at risk of being overweight. Agricultural interventions can impact nutrition through six main pathways, which are: 1) providing direct access to food from own production; 2) providing a source of income from which food and other nutrition needs can be met; 3) affecting food prices; 4) affecting women’s social status and empowerment; 5) affecting women’s time use from participation in agricultural work; and 6) affecting women’s health and nutrition from engagement in agricultural activities.

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Author: Hoda El-Enbaby, Olivier Ecker, José Luis Figueroa, Jef L. Leroy, and Clemens Breisinger
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Organization: IFPRI
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Year: 2019
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Country/ies: Egypt
Geographical coverage: Near East and North Africa
Type: Working paper
Content language: English
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