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Household Access to Microcredit and Children's Food Security in Rural Malawi: A Gender Perspective Image

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Household Access to Microcredit and Children's Food Security in Rural Malawi: A Gender Perspective

Household Access to Microcredit and Children's Food Security in Rural Malawi: A Gender Perspective

Summary

This study, set in rural Malawi, seeks to discover if women’s relative control over household resources, as measured by their access to microcredit, has an impact on their children’s food security. Study findings suggest a positive impact on nutrition for girls in the age group of 0 – 6 years in cases where women have accessed microcredit. No such effect is noted for boys or girls where men have accessed microcredit. This effect could be explained in part by the subsidiary finding that access to microcredit raises household expenditure on food.

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