Climate Variability and Rural Children Health Outcomes
Emily Injete Amondo, Alisher Mirzabaev
University of Bonn, Center for Development Research (ZEF), Economics and Technological Change, Germany
Children in rural farming households are often vulnerable to a multitude of risks, including health risks associated with climate change and variability. Cognizant of this, this study empirically traced the relationship between climate variability and nutritional health outcomes in rural children, while identifying the cause-and-effect transmission mechanisms. We combined four waves of the rich Uganda National Panel Survey (UNPS), part of the World Bank Living Standards Measurement Studies (LSMS) for the period 2009-2014, with long-term gridded and high frequency rainfall, and temperature datasets. In particular, rainfall and temperature datasets were from Climate Hazards group Infrared Precipitation Station (CHIRPS) and Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) products respectively. Self-reported drought and flood shock variables were further used in separate regressions for triangulation purposes and robustness checks. Panel fixed effects regressions were applied in the empirical analysis, accounting for a variety of causal identification issues.
Keywords: Agricultural production, children, diarrhea, drought, high temperatures, satellite weather data, undernutrition
Contact Address: Emily Injete Amondo, University of Bonn, Center for Development Research (ZEF), Economics and Technological Change, Genscherallee 3, 53113 Bonn, Germany, e-mail: emijetegmail.com