Women’s empowerment and infant complementary feeding in Central Asia

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Abstract

This paper investigates influence of woman empowerment on infant complementary feeding process in Central Asia using Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) data gathered in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan in 2012. Woman empowerment is assessed in 3 dimensions: Economic, Socio-familial and Legal. Infant food security is measured according to the recommendations of the World Health Organization: Introduction of Soft Food, Minimum Dietary Diversity, Minimum Meal Frequency and Minimum Acceptable Diet. Our binary regression estimation indicates overall positive association between woman empowerment (especially economic and composite) and complementary feeding process (specifically, minimum meal frequency and minimum acceptable diet in Tajikistan; Introduction complementary feeding and Minimum dietary diversity in Kyrgyzstan).