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Journal of Integrative Agriculture  2022, Vol. 21 Issue (6): 1812-1824    DOI: 10.1016/S2095-3119(21)63873-X
Special Issue: 农业经济与管理合辑Agricultural Economics and Management
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Agricultural production structure, market conditions and farmers' nutritional intake in rural China

WAN Yue1, HU Hao1Wuyang HU2

College of Economics and Management, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing 210095, P.R.China

2 Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, The Ohio State University, Columbus, 43210, USA

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营养扶贫是改善贫困人群营养状况、从根本上提高其健康素质,进而推进精准扶贫的有效措施。本文基于食物获取权理论,利用中国营养与健康调查(China Nutrition and Health Survey,CHNS)数据,实证检验农民生产结构和区域市场条件对农民营养摄入的影响及其机制。结果表明,与专业化生产相比,生产多样化农户的营养摄入量较高。其次,地区市场条件会不同程度影响低收入农户与非低收入农户的营养摄入水平。对于低收入农户,市场条件对农户碳水和脂肪摄入量影响显著,提高收入水平对提升农户的营养摄入水平作用有限。对于非低收入农户,市场条件有效改善农户的膳食结构,提高其营养摄入水平。与低收入农户相比,非低收入农户的收入水平对其营养摄取水平有显著影响


Nutrition poverty alleviation is an effective measure to improve the nutritional status of economically disadvantaged individuals, fundamentally improving their health and reducing poverty.  Based on the Entitlement Theory and using the China Health and Nutrition Survey (CHNS) data, this paper examines the relationship between farmers’ nutritional intake, production structure and regional market conditions.  Results show that farmers with diversified production have better nutritional intake than those who specialize.  Furthermore, the correlation between regional market conditions and nutritional intake varies between economically disadvantaged and non-economically disadvantaged households.  Market conditions significantly influence the carbohydrate and fat intake of economically disadvantaged households and are positively associated with the dietary structure and nutritional intake of non-economically disadvantaged ones.  Moreover, income is positively correlated with the nutritional intake of non-economically disadvantaged households but not with economically disadvantaged ones.  

Keywords:  Chinese farmer nutrition       economically disadvantaged households       diversity of agricultural production       regional market conditions  
Received: 05 July 2021   Accepted: 29 November 2021
Fund: The first and second authors make the following statement: This work was supported by the National Social Science Fund of China (19AGL020). 
About author:  WAN Yue, E-mail:; Correspondence HU Hao, E-mail:

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WAN Yue, HU Hao, Wuyang HU. 2022. Agricultural production structure, market conditions and farmers' nutritional intake in rural China. Journal of Integrative Agriculture, 21(6): 1812-1824.

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