Irrigation-Nutrition Linkages: Evidence From Northern Ghana

IFPRI Discussion Paper 1887, 2019

36 Pages Posted: 16 Oct 2020

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Dawit Mekonnen

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Jowel Choufani

International Food Policy Research Institute

Elizabeth Bryan

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Abdul-Razak Abizari

University for Development Studies

Claudia Ringler

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Joseph Amikuzuno

University for Development Studies

Date Written: December 11, 2019

Abstract

We analyze the linkages between irrigation and nutrition using data from irrigators and non-irrigators in Northern Ghana. The results show that (i) there is a modest difference in the overall household dietary diversity score between irrigators and non-irrigators, (ii) there are significant differences in the consumption of animal source foods between irrigators and non-irrigators, (iii) there are significant differences in the consumption of fruits and vegetables as well as sugar and honey between irrigators and non-irrigators, and (iv) the sources of food consumption differ between irrigators and non-irrigators. The analysis shows strong association between households’ nutritional status and their access to irrigation, with evidences suggesting that the irrigation-nutrition linkages play out both through the income and production pathways in Northern Ghana.

Keywords: irrigation, nutrition, food consumption, income, production, technology

Suggested Citation

Mekonnen, Dawit and Choufani, Jowel and Bryan, Elizabeth and Abizari, Abdul-Razak and Ringler, Claudia and Amikuzuno, Joseph, Irrigation-Nutrition Linkages: Evidence From Northern Ghana (December 11, 2019). IFPRI Discussion Paper 1887, 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3505612

Dawit Mekonnen (Contact Author)

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Jowel Choufani

International Food Policy Research Institute ( email )

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Elizabeth Bryan

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) ( email )

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

Abdul-Razak Abizari

University for Development Studies ( email )

P.O. Box TL 1350
Tamale
Ghana

Claudia Ringler

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) ( email )

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

Joseph Amikuzuno

University for Development Studies ( email )

P.O. Box TL 1350
Tamale
Ghana

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