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Hirvonen, Kalle, Thomas Pave Sohnesen, and Tom Bundervoet. World Development, Vol. 131, July 2020.

Following Ethiopia’s catastrophic drought in 2015, experts thought there would be a significant impact on child malnutrition. Although the authors of this study did not find direct evidence to support this claim, they did find that rates of chronic malnutrition were higher in drought- affected areas with a limited road network and, therefore, more barriers to markets and humanitarian actors. The study suggests that recent investments in road networks in Ethiopia may have strengthened resilience for future droughts.