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Submitted by Beth A. Miller on
"High economic growth" doesn't tell us a thing about distribution, or if wealth remains concentrated. And the gender data reminds us that even if a poor family's income increases, that increase will only be spent on food if the women have some control over it. Income earned by women is likely spent on food, while income earned by men is more likely spent on housing, schooling or entertainment. Remember that adult men in SE asia are fed first in the family, and when adequately fed themselves, they may not know if the children are malnourished. Therefore, nutrition education must engage fathers as well as mothers. Gender equity means improved communication within families, as well as more equitable distribution of food and other resources.