Poor diets, inappropriate feeding practices and disease are primary causes of maternal and child under-nutrition. Dietary diversity is an important element of dietary quality, a strong predictor of micronutrient adequacy and overall nutrition status. Intake of a higher number of food items and groups is linked to improved nutritional adequacy of the diet. Ethiopia is making progress in addressing under-nutrition with impressive reduction in stunting rates, however, household and child dietary diversity rates remain low.
This brief by Mariam Fafonah and Zelalem Lema is based on a study by Africa RISING in Sinana and Basona Worena districts which surveyed 240 mothers with children under five to understand the diet diversity and nutritional status of smallholder farmers.
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