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Title:On the Determinants of Nutrition in Mozambique: The Importance of Age-Specific Effects
Authors:Sahn, David E.ISNI
Alderman, HaroldISNI
Periodical:World Development
Geographic term:Mozambique
Subjects:child development
child nutrition
Health and Nutrition
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Urbanization and Migration
External link:https://doi.org/10.1016/S0305-750X(96)00118-0
Abstract:The literature indicates mixed results regarding the impact of income and other variables on the age and gender standardized height-for-age of children. This paper uses data from the Integrated Household Survey conducted in 1991-1992 in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, to show that the impact of household resources or health inputs may be masked if diverse age groups are aggregated. For example, increases in household incomes affect only the nutritional status of children two years of age and older. Conversely, for younger children, but not the older ones, mother's education is a significant determinant of anthropometric measures of nutritional status. This implies that education and efforts to improve childcare practices can be targeted to mothers of younger children, but that these children will not achieve improved linear growth from income-support programmes, unlike other children. Bibliogr., notes, ref.