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Study of the determinants of chronic malnutrition in northern Nigeria: Quantitative evidence from the Nigeria demographic and health surveys

Mulubrhan Amare, Todd Benson, Olusegun Fadare, Motunrayo Oyeyemi
food and nutrition bulletin

Close to half of all children younger than 5 years in the Northeast and Northwest geopolitical zones were estimated to be stunted in their growth for their age in 2013 compared to 22% of children in the rest of Nigeria. We examine the drivers of chronic child undernutrition in northern Nigeria and how those drivers differ from other areas of the country. Both a standard child-level regression-based approach and decomposition analysis were used to address the determinants of stunting and decompose how drivers differ between northern Nigeria and other areas of the country using 2008 and 2013 Nigeria DHS data...A national program to address child undernutrition must recognize this heterogeneity in its design.