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

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posted on 2023-06-08, 06:41 authored by Alexander Moradi
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.

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Publication status

  • Published

Journal

Journal of Economic History

ISSN

0022-0507

Publisher

Cambdrige University Press for the Economic History Association

Issue

3

Volume

96

Page range

719-754

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  • Economics Publications

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  • No

Peer reviewed?

  • Yes

Legacy Posted Date

2012-02-06

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