A Multisectoral Approach to Eradication of Malnutrition in Vulnerable Groups: A Cluster-randomized Trial

How effective is an integrated approach to improving food security and nutrition of children under five by increasing smallholders’ production and consumption of nutrient-rich staple crops? To answer this question, this experimental study followed 7,498 households with 1,456 children from 180 villages in the period from 2013 to 2016 in the Ibanda, Sheema, Kalungu and Kyotera districts of Uganda. Findings suggest that child wasting was reduced by 14% and underweight by 15% in the agricultural, health and voucher for subsidised agricultural inputs treatment group. However, compared to the control group, an increase in the prevalence of stunting was significantly larger in the treatment group that received only agricultural intervention.

Authors: Mpiira, Robert; Okello, Patrick
Type: Journal Article
Year: 2020