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Migration, agribusiness and nutritional status of children under five in Northwest Mexico.

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Source
Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2012 Jan;9(1):33-43
Publication Type
Article
Date
Jan-2012
Author
María-Isabel Ortega
Cecilia Rosales
Jill Guernsey de Zapien
Patricia Aranda
Alejandro Castañeda
Socorro Saucedo
Cecilia Montaño
Alma Contreras
Author Affiliation
División de Nutrición, Centro de Investigación en Alimentación y Desarrollo, A.C., Carretera a La Victoria Km. 0.6, Ejido La Victoria, C.P. 83304, Hermosillo, Sonora, México.
Source
Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2012 Jan;9(1):33-43
Date
Jan-2012
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Agriculture
Child, Preschool
Humans
Mexico
Nutritional Status
Transients and Migrants
Abstract
The aim of this study was to examine the nutritional status of children of Mexican migrant worker families under five years of age within the context of global food markets. The sample included 404 children less than five years old from farms and agricultural communities in northwest Mexico. Prevalence of stunting and underweight of children appeared very similar to that of indigenous children from the national sample survey (difference 0.9 and 1.6 percentage points, respectively). Compared to the national sample of Mexican children, stunting and underweight seemed higher in migrant children (difference 17.7 and 4.5 percentage points, respectively), but wasting, an indicator of both chronic and acute undernutrition, appeared to indicate a process of nutritional recuperation. Migrant children living in poverty and suffering from chronic undernutrition, poor performance and scarce education opportunities, can be expected to eventually become agricultural workers with low productivity and poor general health. Consumer's demands on social and environmental standards of fresh food production in developed countries could be an opportunity to impact the lives of migrant agricultural workers, their families and communities.
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22470276 View in PubMed
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