Agriculture-Nutrition Linkages, Cooking-Time, Intrahousehold Equality Among Women and Children: Evidence From Tajikistan

IFPRI Discussion Paper 1882

46 Pages Posted: 19 Nov 2019

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Hiroyuki Takeshima

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Akramov Kamiljon

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Allen Park

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Jarilkasin Ilyasov

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Tanzila Ergasheva

Tajik Academy of Agricultural Sciences

Date Written: November 7, 2019

Abstract

Household-level agriculture-nutrition linkage (ANL) tends to be strong in a rural subsistence setting with limited access to the food market. In such a context, markets for food processing services also may be imperfect, and consequently a household’s time-investments in cooking may become important. Using the primary data in Tajikistan, we show that longer periods of time dedicated to cooking by women in the household often significantly enhance household-level ANL. Furthermore, an increase in the diversity, scale, and efficiency of household production, as well as longer cooking time, can also reduce intrahousehold inequality in nutritional outcomes among women and children. These effects are stronger in areas with lower nighttime light intensity and for households with lower values of cooking assets. In a context where household-level ANL is strong, ANL may also depend on households’ self-production of complementary inputs, including cooking services. This dependence reveals both unique opportunities for and vulnerabilities of ANL for the rural poor.

Keywords: agriculture, nutrition, cooking, gender, women, children, child nutrition, markets

Suggested Citation

Takeshima, Hiroyuki and Kamiljon, Akramov and Park, Allen and Ilyasov, Jarilkasin and Ergasheva, Tanzila, Agriculture-Nutrition Linkages, Cooking-Time, Intrahousehold Equality Among Women and Children: Evidence From Tajikistan (November 7, 2019). IFPRI Discussion Paper 1882, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3483630

Hiroyuki Takeshima (Contact Author)

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) ( email )

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Akramov Kamiljon

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) ( email )

1201 Eye St, NW,
Washington, DC 20005
United States

Allen Park

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) ( email )

1201 Eye St, NW,
Washington, DC 20005
United States

Jarilkasin Ilyasov

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) ( email )

2033 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
United States

Tanzila Ergasheva

Tajik Academy of Agricultural Sciences ( email )

Dushanbe
Tajikistan

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