Examining the Dietary Diversity of Children in Niger Academic Article uri icon


  • Malnutrition is a major public health concern in Niger. The stunting rate in children in Niger is over 50%, one of the highest in the world. The purpose of this cross-sectional study was to examine children’s dietary diversity (CDD) and the maternal factors that impact CDD. A total of 1265 mother–child pairs were analyzed. Descriptive analysis was conducted to present maternal and child characteristics. To compare the mean scores of CDD in relation to the region, an independent sample t-test was conducted. A one-way ANOVA test was conducted to evaluate the CDD score by different age groups. A linear regression model was estimated to identify household, maternal and child factors that affect the CDD score. Our results indicate that most of the participants of our survey resided in rural areas and the majority (80.7%) of the mothers had no education. Factors such as region, children’s age, woman’s empowerment, vitamin A intake and wealth index were significant predictors of CDD (p < 0.05). The children residing in rural areas were more likely to have lower CDD scores (p < 0.05) than the children in urban areas, therefore becoming more susceptible to malnutrition.

published proceedings

  • Nutrients

altmetric score

  • 0.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Egbuonye, N. C., Ishdorj, A., McKyer, E., & Mkuu, R.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Egbuonye, Nafissatou Cisse||Ishdorj, Ariun||McKyer, ELJ||Mkuu, Rahma

publication date

  • August 2021