Russell Smyth is a Professor in the Department of Economics, Monash University. He works on development and labour among other areas. Most of his research examines research issues in the Asia-Pacific region.
Can microcredit improve food security among the rural poor?
28 Sep 2015
A core objective of microcredit in Bangladesh is to make the rural poor more food secure. To what extent has this been achieved? Analysing household data from Bangladesh, this column finds that participants of microcredit programmes are more food secure, with improved calorie availability, reduced child stunting and better maternal nutritional status. However, programme participation in itself does not improve dietary diversity.
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