Women’s Work and Household Food Habits in Northern Mozambique


Sara Stevano, Deborah Johnston, Harry West




A relationship commonly taken for granted is that women’s participation in paid work and/or cash-earning activities improves household food outcomes.

Project details

This study examines this relationship by asking: a) do women really tend to use cash incomes in ways that are more beneficial to the well-being of their families and b) is it sufficient and appropriate to look only at women’s choices and work to explain and ultimately improve household food outcomes?

To address these questions, this work employs an interdisciplinary approach – informed by political economy and anthropology – and a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods for primary data collection.

By focusing on a specific context, the northernmost Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado, this study is set to explore intra-household dynamics, food habits in their complexity, women’s allocation of labour between paid and unpaid work as one expression of structural change. The analysis of micro-level evidence on these issues, collected during an eight-month field research, shall advance a discussion of the wider social determinants of poor food outcomes and malnutrition. Results are not available yet.

Collaborators: Eusebio Tissa Cairo, research assistant