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A Study on Socio-Economic Condition and Nutritional Profile of Women Worker's in Shrimp and Agriculture Sectors in Selected two Districts of Bangladesh

Author Affiliations

  • 1Khulna city Corporation Womens College, Khulna, BANGLADESH
  • 2Sociology Discipline, Khulna University, Khulna, BANGLADESH

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 3, Issue (3), Pages 15-21, March,14 (2014)


This cross-sectional study was conducted at purposively selected area known as Botiaghata, Lobonchoraand Dumuriaof Khulna city and purposively selected area known as Nowapara and Lokpurof Bagerhat city with a view to assess the nutritional status of working women involved in agriculture and shrimp sector. A total of 150 working women were interviewed and their anthropometric measurements were taken. A large number of respondents (48%) were in the age group of 21 to 30 years in agriculture sector on the other hand (36%) were in the age group of both 21 to 30 and 31 to 41 years in shrimp sector. In this study show that 12% women are still illiterate in agriculture sector where no illiterate women involved in shrimp sector. 60% women in shrimp sector and 42% women in agriculture sector are primary level. In agriculture sector 9% women monthly receipts is less than 3000 tk. and in this range no women working in shrimp sector. 22% women are in agriculture sector receipts 4000 tk. monthly, where no women gain this amount in shrimp sector. 32% in shrimp sector and 56% in agriculture sector women are suffering from various levels of malnourishments. In shrimp sector 22% and in agriculture sector 16% women has overweight (according to Gomez classification). 16% in shrimp and 31% in agriculture sectors women has no idea about balanced diet. In shrimp sector 24% and in agriculture sector 40% women has no idea about the food which helps blood volume in the body. 14% in shrimp and 31% in agriculture sectors women has no knowledge about vitamin-A capsule. 32% women in shrimp sector and 36% women in agriculture sector have low blood pressure. The nutritional status determined by BMI was found significantly associated with individual income, education and family expenditure of the respondents (p .001) in both agriculture and shrimp sector.WHZ was also found significantly associated with individual income of the respondents (p = .003) in agriculture but not in shrimp sector (p = .665). This study provided a vivid picture of the nutritional status of the women workers involved in both agriculture and shrimp sectoHassan@r and could provide help to the concerned authority in their policy making and planning to alleviate the problem.


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