Topical Area: Community and Public Health Nutrition
(P04-018-20) Association Between Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture and the Nutrition Status of Children Aged 6-59 Months in Rural Zambia
Objectives: To access the association between nutrition-sensitive agriculture and the nutrition status of children aged 6-59 months in rural Zambia.
Methods: We examined associations between crops grown in households and height-for-age (HAZ), Weight-for-age (WAZ) and weight-for-height (WHZ) Z- scores in children age 6-59 months of Kapiri-Mposhi district in the Central Province of Zambia. T-test was performed to compare means values of various indicators of nutrition status (Z-scores) for different categories of test variables. The test variables considered here were crops grown by households.
Results: The prevalence of Stunting, underweight and wasting was 21%, 9% and 2% respectively. There was an association between household who grew mangoes (P=0.001 and orange-fleshed sweet potatoes (P=0.003) and improved HAZ. Growing groundnuts was also associated with improved WAZ.
Conclusions: We concluded that nutrition-sensitive agriculture is likely to improve growth in children aged 6 -59 months in low-income rural communities.
Funding Sources: Ministry of education Zambia
PhD Student Mukuba University Cape Town, Copperbelt, Zambia