Impact of soybean production on nutrition of 0-5 years old children and dietary diversities of the households in Kano State, Nigeria

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture and collaborating partners have been introducing and disseminating short season soybean varieties among farm households in the Sudan savannas of Northern Nigeria since 2008. This study estimated the impact of soybean production on nutrition of 0-5 year children and dietary diversities of the households in Kano State, Nigeria of the early maturing soybean. A total of 1133 children (488 girls and 645 boys) across the three LGAs of Bunkure, Shanono and Dawakin Tofa, aged between 0-60 months were surveyed using the variables (WFA) Weight for Age, (HFA) (Height for Age) and WFH (Weight for Height). The anthropometric indices were used to obtain the Z scores of sampled children (age 1-5 years). Results of the anthropometric indices from the study generally showed a low prevalence of malnutrition among the children sampled for all the nutritional variables. Majority of the children fall within the normal Z score values (Z > -1). Across the LGAs, malnutrition is noticed only among children of the non-soybean producing households in Shanono LGA. Findings from the study showed that the frequency of the intake of soybean related meals compares favorably with the intake of cereals and other legumes related meals across the 3 LGAs on daily, weekly and monthly basis.


Issue Date:
Oct 01 2017
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Record Identifier:
http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/268462
ISSN:
0794-4748
Language:
English
Published in:
Nigerian Journal of Agricultural Economics, Volume 07, Number 1
Page range:
89-96




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