A kitchen-garden based intervention to improve nutritional outcomes of children in rural areas

Last registered on January 07, 2022

Pre-Trial

Trial Information

General Information

Title
A kitchen-garden based intervention to improve nutritional outcomes of children in rural areas
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0008761
Initial registration date
January 07, 2022

Initial registration date is when the trial was registered.

It corresponds to when the registration was submitted to the Registry to be reviewed for publication.

First published
January 07, 2022, 10:52 PM EST

First published corresponds to when the trial was first made public on the Registry after being reviewed.

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Primary Investigator

Affiliation
Department of Economic Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
PI Affiliation
Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode
PI Affiliation
Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

Additional Trial Information

Status
On going
Start date
2021-09-01
End date
2024-12-31
Secondary IDs
Prior work
This trial does not extend or rely on any prior RCTs.
Abstract
Severe malnutrition, especially amongst children, is a persistent problem in India. Using a Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) design, we propose to measure the efficacy of a kitchen garden based intervention in addressing the problem. We propose to train and incentivize
women in rural households to raise a small kitchen garden. If found effective, this intervention can easily be scaled up for implementation as a policy to improve nutritional outcomes, particularly in the event of an adverse shock to income.
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Registration Citation

Citation
Lalji, Chitwan et al. 2022. "A kitchen-garden based intervention to improve nutritional outcomes of children in rural areas." AEA RCT Registry. January 07. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.8761
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Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
In this project, we will study the effect of an intervention designed to address the issue of severe malnutrition and food insecurity in rural India. The proposed intervention consists of nudging rural households in Uttar Pradesh to raise a nutri-garden (or kitchen garden) in their backyards.
Intervention Start Date
2021-12-01
Intervention End Date
2022-03-31

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
indicator to capture awareness and adoption of kitchen garden, and then indicators for health and nutrition of mothers as well as children captured via incidence of malnutrition, dietary diversity, food and nutrition security.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
life satisfaction, happiness, physical and psychological wellbeing, anthropometric indicators and other behavioral changes captured via lab-in-the-field games.
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
The study has three arms: the first two arms will be treatment arms (awareness/training only and awareness/training along with conditional cash transfer) while the third arm will be the control arm.

The intervention will follow a baseline survey and will be followed by the adoption verification and the endline survey.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization will be done using STATA on a computer
Randomization Unit
At the village level.
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
90 villages
Sample size: planned number of observations
About 1800 women.
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
About 30 villages and 600 women per treatment/control arm.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
IRB Approval Date
2021-09-02
IRB Approval Number
IITK/IEC/2021-22/I/12