Towards an Objective Account of Nutrition and Health in Colonial Kenya: A Study of Stature in African Army Recruits and Civilians, 1880-1980

Moradi, Alexander (2009) Towards an Objective Account of Nutrition and Health in Colonial Kenya: A Study of Stature in African Army Recruits and Civilians, 1880-1980. Journal of Economic History, 96 (3). pp. 719-754. ISSN 0022-0507

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Abstract

This study presents fresh evidence on nutrition and health in colonial Kenya by (1) using a new and comprehensive data set of African army recruits and civilians and (2) applying a powerful measure of nutritional status: mean population height. Findings demonstrate huge regional inequalities but only minor changes in the mean height of cohorts born 20 years before and after colonization. From 1920 onwards secular improvements took place which continued after Independence. I conclude that however bad colonial policies and devastating short term crises were, the net outcome of colonial times was a significant progress in nutrition and health.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Economics
Depositing User: Alexander Moradi
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:33
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2012 10:48
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/26540
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