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Improving household food security in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo: a comparative analysis of four interventions

Shannon Doocy (), Jillian Emerson, Elizabeth Colantouni, Johnathan Strong, Kimberly Amundson Mansen, Laura E. Caulfield, Rolf Klemm, Laura Brye, Sonya Funna, Jean-Pierre Nzanzu, Espoir Musa, Jozimo Santos Rocha and Joseph Menakuntuala
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Shannon Doocy: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Jillian Emerson: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Elizabeth Colantouni: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Johnathan Strong: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Kimberly Amundson Mansen: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Joseph Menakuntuala: The Adventist Development and Relief Agency

Food Security: The Science, Sociology and Economics of Food Production and Access to Food, 2018, vol. 10, issue 3, No 12, 649-660

Abstract: Abstract Food insecurity contributes to poor nutritional status of many populations, but long-term approaches to improving household food insecurity have not been widely evaluated. This study evaluates the effectiveness of four interventions, Women’s Empowerment Groups (WEG), Prevention of Malnutrition in Children under 2 Approach (PM2A), Farmer Field Schools (FFS), and the Farmer to Farmer approach (F2F), implemented in the context of a five-year Development Food Assistance Program in South Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo. A community-matched quasi-experimental design was used. Primary outcome measures included Household Dietary Diversity Score (HDDS) and the Household Food Insecurity Access Scale (HFIAS). Mean HDDS was significantly greater than the control group for three interventions (FFS, WEG, PM2A; ß: 0.69–0.88, p

Keywords: Food security; Dietary diversity; Farmer field schools; Women’s empowerment; Prevention of malnutrition in children under two; Democratic Republic of the Congo (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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DOI: 10.1007/s12571-018-0808-1

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