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Socio-economic Determinants of Increasing Household Food Insecurity during and after a Drought in the District of iLembe, South Africa

Socio-economic Determinants of Increasing Household Food Insecurity during and after a Drought in... In 2015 and 2016, South Africa experienced a severe drought resulting in water restrictions and food price inflation. A year later, while the proportion of food secure households remained constant, the proportion of those experiencing severe food insecurity increased. This paper investigates the socio-economic determinants of increasing food insecurity during and after the drought. Two cross-sectional household surveys were carried out in the district of iLembe in November 2016 and 2017. Household food insecurity was measured using the Coping Strategies Index. The results indicated changes in socio-economic determinants of food insecurity over time, with the poorest households experiencing the worst levels of food insecurity. After the drought, having a child under-five years was positively associated with food insecurity, while being located in a rural area was negatively associated. Policies that limit household vulnerability to price inflation, and interventions that protect poorer households from the effects of drought should be considered. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Ecology of Food & Nutrition Taylor & Francis

Socio-economic Determinants of Increasing Household Food Insecurity during and after a Drought in the District of iLembe, South Africa

Ecology of Food & Nutrition , Volume 60 (1): 19 – Jan 2, 2021

Socio-economic Determinants of Increasing Household Food Insecurity during and after a Drought in the District of iLembe, South Africa

Ecology of Food & Nutrition , Volume 60 (1): 19 – Jan 2, 2021

Abstract

In 2015 and 2016, South Africa experienced a severe drought resulting in water restrictions and food price inflation. A year later, while the proportion of food secure households remained constant, the proportion of those experiencing severe food insecurity increased. This paper investigates the socio-economic determinants of increasing food insecurity during and after the drought. Two cross-sectional household surveys were carried out in the district of iLembe in November 2016 and 2017. Household food insecurity was measured using the Coping Strategies Index. The results indicated changes in socio-economic determinants of food insecurity over time, with the poorest households experiencing the worst levels of food insecurity. After the drought, having a child under-five years was positively associated with food insecurity, while being located in a rural area was negatively associated. Policies that limit household vulnerability to price inflation, and interventions that protect poorer households from the effects of drought should be considered.

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Taylor & Francis
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© 2020 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
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1543-5237
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0367-0244
DOI
10.1080/03670244.2020.1783663
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Abstract

In 2015 and 2016, South Africa experienced a severe drought resulting in water restrictions and food price inflation. A year later, while the proportion of food secure households remained constant, the proportion of those experiencing severe food insecurity increased. This paper investigates the socio-economic determinants of increasing food insecurity during and after the drought. Two cross-sectional household surveys were carried out in the district of iLembe in November 2016 and 2017. Household food insecurity was measured using the Coping Strategies Index. The results indicated changes in socio-economic determinants of food insecurity over time, with the poorest households experiencing the worst levels of food insecurity. After the drought, having a child under-five years was positively associated with food insecurity, while being located in a rural area was negatively associated. Policies that limit household vulnerability to price inflation, and interventions that protect poorer households from the effects of drought should be considered.

Journal

Ecology of Food & NutritionTaylor & Francis

Published: Jan 2, 2021

Keywords: South Africa; food security; poverty; socio-economic status; drought

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