Journal Article

Child Growth, Shocks, and Food Aid in Rural Ethiopia

Takashi Yamano, Harold Alderman and Luc Christiaensen

in American Journal of Agricultural Economics

Published on behalf of Agricultural and Applied Economics Association

Volume 87, issue 2, pages 273-288
Published in print May 2005 | ISSN: 0002-9092
Published online May 2005 | e-ISSN: 1467-8276 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8276.2005.00721.x
Child Growth, Shocks, and Food Aid in Rural Ethiopia

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Child stunting in Ethiopia has persisted at alarming rates, despite enormous amounts of food aid, often procured in response to shocks. Using nationally representative data, the study finds that while harvest failure leads to child growth faltering, food aid affected child growth positively and offset the negative effects of shocks in communities that received food aid. However, many communities that experienced shocks did not receive food aid. In sum, while food aid has helped reduce child malnutrition, inflexible food aid targeting, together with endemic poverty and limited maternal education, has left the prevalence of child stunting at alarming levels.

Keywords: child growth; child malnutrition; Ethiopia; food aid; shocks; F350; I120; J130; O150; O180; O190

Journal Article.  10095 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Demographic Economics ; Economics of Health ; Economic Development ; International Finance

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