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FARMING PRODUCTION DIVERSITY, MARKET PARTICIPATION, VILLAGE SAVINGS AND LENDING, AGRICULTURAL TECHNOLOGY ASSOCIATION WITH DIETARY DIVERSITY AND ASSET ACCUMULATION

Organizational Authors: 
World Vision
Year Published: 
2019

Food and nutrition security in rural Zimbabwe are linked to the performance of agriculture, not only because food is from agriculture, but also because many malnourished people reside in rural areas where agriculture is the main livelihood activity. In this study, influences of farm production diversity, market participation, VS&L participation and agricultural technologies on nutrition, farm income, and assets accumulation were investigated. Cross-sectional data collected through a household survey was used to estimate regression models and draw inferences on the nature of the relationships. The choice of key explanatory variables used in the study was informed by the interventions that are promoted under the ENSURE project’s strategic objective of increasing household income. The study sought to provide empirical evidence of the nature of association between the mentioned variables in the context of smallholder farmers and also contribute to growing literature on the relationship between farm production diversity and nutrition.

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