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Lansa Working Paper - Women’s Agricultural Work and Nutrition in Pakistan: Findings from Qualitative Research

Author: Mysbah Balagamwala, Haris Gazdar and Hussain Bux Mallah
Year: 2015
Resource type: Report

This paper is part of a larger exploratory study to answer the question: how might women’s work in agriculture help rather than hinder nutrition improvement in Pakistan? The question has assumed great significance due to the steady feminisation, over the last decade, of the agricultural labour force, and the absence of nutritional improvement in the same period.

Pakistan has a high prevalence of undernutrition among women and children. Forty four per cent of children less than the age of five are stunted and wasting among children stands at 15 per cent. One in two mothers is anaemic. Despite periods of economic growth and reductions in poverty levels, there have been no improvements in the state of undernutrition - in fact some indicators of nutrition have worsened over time.

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