Study in semi-arid areas in India shows improved nutritional intake in households with working women
Addressing gender inequality in economic opportunities in developing countries has the potential to improve the household’s nutrition. This study by EfD researcher Nikita Sangwan and Shalander Kumar (ICRISAT) informs policies intended to improve food security and health outcomes of the need to enhance female labor force participation (FLFP).
Engagement of women in the labor market not only generates income that relaxes the budget constraint of the household but also empowers them via financial independence. As women direct a greater share of resources towards richer nutrients, the ensuing liquidity allows for the purchase of a more diversified food basket thereby improving the nutritional intake of the households.