The interplay between food market access and farm household dietary diversity in low and middle income countries: A systematic review of literature

Nandi, R and Nedumaran, S and Ravula, P (2021) The interplay between food market access and farm household dietary diversity in low and middle income countries: A systematic review of literature. Global Food Security (TSI), 28. pp. 1-13. ISSN 2211-9124

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A significant share of undernourished people are smallholder farmers in low and middle-income countries. Recent studies advocate improving market access as an important pathway towards improving the dietary diversity of farm households over increasing farm production diversity. A systematic review of five databases using Priori criteria identified 28 original studies from 14 low and middle income countries by screening 786 articles using different indicators of market access, diets, and nutrition. Most of the studies reported a consistent positive association between access to markets and dietary diversity, and few studies reported positive or negative association. However, findings are context-specific from several countries in Africa and Asia. Further research is needed to conclude that improving market access is an effective pathway to improve a farm household’s dietary quality. Eight research priorities are identified based on the gaps in the existing research literature.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Research Program : Innovation Systems for the Drylands (ISD)
CRP: CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes and Dryland Cereals (GLDC)
CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Market access, Farm household dietary diversity, Agricultural production diversity, Nutrition, Developing Countries
Subjects: Others > Agricultural Marketing
Others > Food and Nutrition
Others > Agriculture-Farming, Production, Technology, Economics
Depositing User: Mr Arun S
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2021 16:32
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2021 05:44
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Funders: Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF)
Acknowledgement: Funding: This work was undertaken as part of the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land, and Ecosystems (WLE) led by International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and Grain Legumes and Dryland Cereals (GLDC) led by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT). Funding support for this study was provided by Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF) under Funding Body Grant Ref: BB/P027970/1, Lead Party Ref: RG88282 as part of the Transforming India’s Green Revolution by Research and Empowerment for Sustainable food Supplies (TIGR2ESS) project under Flagship 1 ‘Sustainable and Transformative Agrarian and Rural Trajectories (START)’ ( The opinions mentioned in this article are not the official opinions of the WLE, GLDC, GCRF, and no donors were involved in the research, the collection, analysis and interpretation of data, or the preparation of this review article. It is the author’s decision to submit the article for publication in GFS. We would like to thank Dr Michael Hauser, Theme Leader – MIND and Principal Scientist at ICRISAT, Innovation Systems for the Drylands Program, Kenya; Professor Chittur Srinivasan, University of Reading; Professor Nithya Rao, University of East Anglia; and the Publication Department at ICRISAT for initially reviewing the article and proofreading an earlier version of this article.
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