Impact of Legume Technologies on Food Security: Evidence from Zambia

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December 1, 2016 - Author: Christine M. Sauer, Nicole M. Mason, Mywish K. Maredia and Rhoda Mofya-Mukaka

Christine M. Sauer, Nicole M. Mason, Mywish K. Maredia and Rhoda Mofya-Mukaka. 2016. Impact of Legume Technologies on Food Security: Evidence from Zambia. Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy Research Paper 36. East Lansing: Michigan State University

ABSTRACT
Despite the many potential benefits of legume cultivation, there is scarce empirical evidence on whether and how producing legumes affects smallholder farm households’ food security. We use nationally representative household panel survey data from Zambia to estimate the differential effects on cereal-growing households of incorporating legumes into their farms via cereal-legume intercropping, cereal-legume rotation, and other means. Results suggest that cereal-legume rotation is positively and significantly associated with households’ months of adequate food provisions, and calorie and protein production. In contrast, cereal-legume intercropping generally has no statistically significant effect on the indicators of food security of Zambian smallholders.

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Tags: fsg research paper, fsp research paper, legume, nutrition, zambia


Related Topic Areas

Zambia, FSP Nutrition Dataset


Authors

Nicole Mason-Wardell

Nicole Mason-Wardell
517-432-4446
masonn@msu.edu

Mywish Maredia

Mywish Maredia
517-353-6602
maredia@msu.edu


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