ERIC Number: ED207711
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
Nutrition in Policy Planning for the Rural Sector. Cornell International Nutrition Monograph Series, Number 8 (1981).
Place, Patricia M. O'Brien
Through discussion and a test of theoretical models, the need to consider nutrition in development planning for rural areas is addressed, and the complex interaction of agricultural and food policies on family nutrition is described. Chapter I indicates the extent and types of malnutrition and discusses both the relationship of nutrition to development and the influence of economics on nutrition. Producer and consumer oriented economic policies, as well as approaches which explicitly include nutrition factors early in the policy planning process, are discussed in Chapter II. Chapter III assesses suggested methodologies for determining the nutritional impact of policies. Methodologies considered include input-output models, nutritional deficiency indexes, food consumption theory approaches and nutrient consumption approaches. Chapter IV proposes an equation suggested by household production theory and tests this equation on data from the United States. Along with a model for total nutrient consumption, models for illustrating the effects of home-produced food on consumption are considered. Regression results from the models put forth in the previous chapter are discussed first on a variable by variable basis (income, employment of the homemaker, education, race, adjustment for extra meals eaten, and family classification) and are then examined in terms of the models as a whole. Conclusions are drawn from the models and their performance, and from the general analysis of nutrition's role in economic development. (Author/RH)
Descriptors: Economic Factors, Models, Nutrition, Planning, Policy Formation, Research Methodology, Rural Development, Tables (Data)
Dr. Michael C. Latham, Division of Nutritional Sciences, Savage Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853 ($3.00). Make checks payable to Cornell University.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Ithaca. Nutritional Sciences Div. at Cornell Univ.