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Vol 4, Issue 1, pp 1-12, 2019

Women control over income, agricultural commercialization and dietary diversity: Analysis of rural households in Zambia

Author: Rhoda Mofya-Mukuka 1 and Jairos Sambo1

1Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute, Postnet Box 99, 26A Middleway, Kabulonga, Lusaka, Zambia.
*corresponding author, rhoda.mukuka@iapri.org.zm


Women empowerment and its positive effect on household welfare is well acknowledged in literature. How- ever, empirical evidence on the effect of women empowerment in agriculture on household food security and how this pathway is influenced by household agricultural commercialization remains scarce. This article attempts to close this gap by examining the impact of women control over agricultural income on household dietary diversity taking into account the household level of agriculture commercialization in rural Zambia. Applying ordered probit regression model, results show that women control over agricultural income has positive and significant impact on household dietary diversity for households that consume relatively more diversified diets compared to those that consume less. However, agricultural commercialization tends to sub- vert women control over income resulting in positive but less significant impact on household dietary diversity.

Keywords: Household Dietary Diversity, Women Control over Agricultural Income, Primary Decision Maker, Agricultural Commercialization, Ordered Probit, Zambia

DOI: 10.19268/JGAFS.322018.1
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