Household Landholding, Diversification of Agricultural Activities and Child Nutrition Status in Uganda
African Economic Research Consortium
Using household-level data from the Uganda National Panel Survey, a panel probit estimation technique is employed to explain the causal relationship between household landholding, diversification of agricultural activities and children’s nutritional status in Uganda. Our results indicate that household landholding and diversification of agricultural activities are significant factors that influence children’s nutritional status. The results also indicate that food production among households is vital for household dietary diversity, which affects children’s nutritional status. Our findings indicate that access to landholding by households is key to increased food production. In addition, there is a need to diversify farming systems and diversify income sources. Finally, there is a need for promoting access to local markets to enable households to sell their produce more easily, and to purchase the food they require.