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Determinants of household food access among small farmers in the Andes : examining the path

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dc.contributor.author Leah, Jessica
dc.contributor.author Pradel, Willy
dc.contributor.author Cole, Donald C.
dc.contributor.author Prain, Gordon
dc.contributor.author Creed-Kanashiro, Hilary
dc.contributor.author Carrasco, Miluska V.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-03-26T16:41:16Z
dc.date.available 2012-03-26T16:41:16Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.issn 1475-2727
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10625/48622
dc.description.abstract Objective: Household food access remains a concern among primarily agricultural households in lower- and middle-income countries. We examined the associations among domains representing livelihood assets (human capital, social capital, natural capital, physical capital and financial capital) and household food access. Design: Cross-sectional survey (two questionnaires) on livelihood assets. Setting: Metropolitan Pillaro, Ecuador; Cochabamba, Bolivia; and Huancayo, Peru. Subjects: Households (n 570) involved in small-scale agricultural production in 2008. Results: Food access, defined as the number of months of adequate food provisioning in the previous year, was relatively good; 41% of the respondents indicated to have had no difficulty in obtaining food for their household in the past year. Using bivariate analysis, key livelihood assets indicators associated with better household food access were identified as: age of household survey respondent (P50?05), participation in agricultural associations (P50?09), church membership (P50?08), area of irrigated land (P50?08), housing material (P50?06), space within the household residence (P50?02) and satisfaction with health status (P50?02). In path models both direct and indirect effects were observed, underscoring the complexity of the relationships between livelihood assets and household food access. Paths significantly associated with better household food access included: better housing conditions (P50?01), more space within the household residence (P50?001) and greater satisfaction with health status (P50?001). Conclusions: Multiple factors were associated with household food access in these peri-urban agricultural households. Food security intervention programmes focusing on food access need to deal with both agricultural factors and determinants of health to bolster household food security in challenging lower- and middle-income country contexts. en
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dc.format.extent 1 digital file (10 p. : ill.) en
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dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Cambridge University Press en
dc.subject HOUSEHOLD FOOD ACCESS en
dc.subject FOOD AVAILABILITY en
dc.subject PERI-URBAN FARMERS en
dc.subject LIVELIHOODS en
dc.subject ECUADOR en
dc.subject BOLIVIA en
dc.subject PERU en
dc.subject NUTRITION en
dc.subject HEALTH en
dc.subject FOOD SECURITY en
dc.subject PERI-URBAN HOUSEHOLDS en
dc.subject LOW AND MIDDLE INCOME FARMERS en
dc.subject HEALTH STATUS en
dc.subject URBAN FARMING en
dc.title Determinants of household food access among small farmers in the Andes : examining the path en
dc.type Journal Article (peer-reviewed) en
idrc.project.number 104317
idrc.project.title Healthy and Sustainable Horticulture Production in the Central Andes en
idrc.copyright.holder The Authors
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