MATERNAL NUTRITION KNOWLEDGE AND CHILD HEALTH OUTCOMES: AN ANALYSIS OF NUTRITION PROMOTERS IN A MOZAMBIQUE ORANGE-FLESHED SWEET POTATO INTERVENTION
O'Brien, Courtney Margot
de Brauw, Alan
Between 2006 and 2009, biofortified Orange Fleshed Sweet Potato (OFSP), rich in Vitamin A, was used in the Reaching End Users (REU) nutrition intervention in Zambezia Province, Mozambique, where there are high levels of Vitamin A deficiency. The intervention had two treatment groups, and the impact evaluation included a control group. An unplanned consequence of the design resulted in oversampling of nutrition promoters, women receiving treatment who met with nutrition extensionists and were tasked with passing nutritional information along to other members of the treatment groups. Using data from the impact evaluation associated with this program, this paper analyzes the impact of a mother being chosen as a nutritional promoter on her nutritional knowledge and how promoter status and nutritional knowledge affect a child's nutritional outcomes, with an emphasis on child anthropometrics. The analysis concludes that promoter and treatment status play a strong role in determining mother's gains in nutritional knowledge and that gains in nutritional knowledge are strong predictors of a child's short-term anthropometric outcomes, but not his or her long-term anthropometric outcomes.
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