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Title:A Market-Based Approach to Child Nutrition: Mothers' Demand for Quality Certification of Infant Foods in Bamako, Mali
Authors:Sanogo, Diakalia
Masters, William A.
Periodical:Food Policy
Geographic term:Mali
baby food
Health and Nutrition
Miscellaneous (i.e. Demography, Refugees, Sports)
Economics and Trade
Women's Issues
Women and Their Children
Cultural Roles
Health, Nutrition, and Medicine
External link:https://doi.org/10.1016/S0306-9192(02)00016-7
Abstract:Based on a survey conducted in Bamako, Mali, in 2000, this paper analyses the potential impact of introducing quality certification to the market for infant foods in a low-income country, where malnutrition is widespread. Using an experimental-economics approach, the authors find that a programme to sample, test and certify the nutrient density of products could promote a more competitive market for low-cost fortified foods and be implemented on a self-financing basis, yielding net economic benefits in the order of one million US dollars per year in the city of Bamako. The authors find that mothers' demand for quality information rises with their education and income level, but is higher than the estimated cost of certification even among the very poor and uneducated. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]