Weather shocks and children’s growth deprivation: understanding and mitigating the impact

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In sub-Saharan Africa, children continue to suffer immense welfare deprivation. We examine the effect of the poverty–weather shock nexus on children’s growth deprivation using the Uganda National Panel Survey and a rich spatial rainfall data. Our results show that poverty and weather shocks significantly reduce children’s height-for-age and weight-for-age score. Interestingly, the results also show that the initial reduction of children’s height-for-age is almost cancelled with a prolonged lag after the shock. These results provide a strong basis to deliver social assistance to avert children’s growth deprivation when exposed to negative rainfall shocks.

Bibliographical metadata

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWhat works for Africa's poorest children
Subtitle of host publicationfrom measurement to action
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1 Jun 2020