Strengthening food policy through intrahousehold analysis uri icon

abstract

  • This paper argues that food policy can be strengthened through an improved understanding of how rights, responsibilities and resources are allocated among household members. The limitations of the standard unitary economic model of intrahousehold allocation are discussed. Alternative economic models of the household - and the data needs they imply - are outlined. A number of examples are provided as to when intrahousehold resource allocation patterns and processes have proved important for policy/project effectiveness. Finally, the cross-cutting nature of the intrahousehold approach is emphasized in terms of the potential benefits for policy design. Promising areas include: irrigation and deforestation management, labor-intensive public works, credit, the eradication of micronutrient deficiencies, and agriculture-human fertility linkages.

publication date

  • 1994
  • 1994
  • 1994