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Household food security and coping strategies: a case study of Tembisa Township of Ekurhuleni Municipality, Gauteng Province, South Africa

T. Mojela, J. Hlongwane and L. Ledwaba

No 284763, 2018 Annual Conference, September 25-27, Cape Town, South Africa from Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa (AEASA)

Abstract: This study was designed to analyse factors determining household food security and coping strategies in Tembisa township of Ekurhuleni municipality, Gauteng Province, South Africa. The systematic random sampling technique was to collect primary data using well-structured questionnaire and oral interview. Data was analysed using descriptive statistics, logistic regression model, coping strategy index and Household Food Insecurity Access Scale (HFIAS). Results from descriptive statistics showed that male headed household were more than female headed household, and the maximum household size were nine (9), minimum were one (1). Results from HFIAS revealed that 38% of the households are food secured, while 28% being mildly food insecure, 26% being severely food insecure, and 8% were moderately food insecure. The results further revealed that household size, source of income, own house, total monthly income and age of the household head influence household food security negatively and positively. Coping strategy index results showed that �Rely on less expensive and preferred food has been used by 86% of the population, followed by reduce number of meals eaten in a day (60%). Since the source of income found influencing household food security, the study recommends the creation of employment through development programmes such as Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP). The study further recommends that household should practice back yard farming.

Keywords: Food security; Household food insecurity access scale; socio-economic characteristics.; Food; Security; and; Poverty (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018-09-25
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DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.284763

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