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Unraveling the Sikasso Paradox: Agricultural Change and Malnutrition in Sikasso, Mali

Citation

Cooper, Matthew W. & West, Colin Thor (2017). Unraveling the Sikasso Paradox: Agricultural Change and Malnutrition in Sikasso, Mali. Ecology of Food and Nutrition, 56(2), 101-123. PMCID: PMC5941299

Abstract

When cash cropping leads to agricultural and livelihood changes in the Global South, concern about food security is common among policy makers. This is indeed the case in the Sikasso region of Mali, where many have suggested that the ubiquitous cash crop cotton is a cause of the unexpectedly high rates of malnutrition in the region. Using household and forest surveys, we found little evidence that cotton cultivation is associated with malnutrition or decreased food security at a household level, but we did find evidence of a coassociation between cotton cultivation, loss of natural capital, and malnutrition at the village level.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03670244.2016.1263947

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

2017

Journal Title

Ecology of Food and Nutrition

Author(s)

Cooper, Matthew W.
West, Colin Thor

PMCID

PMC5941299