Agriculture–nutrition linkages: A preliminary investigation for rural India

Balaji, S. J. and Jhajhria, A. and Kumar, S. and Immanuelraj, T. K. and Kar, A. (2017) Agriculture–nutrition linkages: A preliminary investigation for rural India. Outlook on Agriculture, 46 (4). pp. 302-308. ISSN 0030-7270

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Exploring linkages between agriculture, nutrition and human health has become an emerging field of research. Literature shows us both positive and negative externalities of agriculture on nutrition and health. Hence, the first step towards exploring agriculture–nutrition linkages would be ‘establishing’ the relationship between agriculture and nutrition, and thereby human health. This study, while doesn’t explicitly model and estimate complex linkages, attempts to study the direction, strength and magnitude of agriculture on nutritional status in rural India. Using a panel data covering 1991–2012, the study explores the linkages at two stages. Analysis indicates a ‘positive causality’ of agriculture on human nutrition and the ordinary least squares estimates provide evidence for it. Fixed effects estimates confirm the ‘positive causality’ after controlling for the effects of several factors. The study concludes that agriculture has a significant positive influence on nutrition, and thereby on health.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Positive causality, health convergence, agricultural income, fixed effects, India, agriculture, nutrition, human health, rural India, human nutrition
Author Affiliation: ICAR-National Institute of Agricultural Economics and Policy Research(NIAP), New Delhi, India
Subjects: Social Sciences > Agricultural Economics
Food Security/Food Production/Nutrition
Divisions: General
Depositing User: Mr Ramesh K
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2019 03:54
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2019 03:54
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