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Measuring women’s empowerment in agriculture, food production, and child and maternal dietary diversity in Timor-Leste

This study investigated the empowerment of women in agriculture in association with household production and the dietary diversity of children 12–59 months old and their mothers in Timor-Leste. Using the Abbreviated Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (A-WEAI)  156 dual-adult rural households were analyzed applying multivariable regression models. Results showed that the dietary diversity scores of empowered women and their children were higher than among those disempowered. The associations between different measures of empowerment and dietary diversity were larger and more significant among women than children. Food production diversity was consistently associated with children’s improved diets. . Nutrition-sensitive policies and programmes in Timor-Leste could gain from prioritizing women’s empowerment and promoting agriculture diversification strategies as valuable investments to improve the diets and wellbeing of mothers and children.

Food Policy Bonis-Profumo et al June 2021
  • South Asia
  • Research
  • Scientific publication