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An ethnographic exploration of perceptions of changes in dietary variety in the Kolli Hills, India

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dc.contributor.author Huang, Tian
dc.contributor.author Farmer, Anna P.
dc.contributor.author Goddard, Ellen
dc.contributor.author Willows, Noreen
dc.contributor.author Subhan, Fatheema
dc.date.accessioned 2017-09-21T19:43:50Z
dc.date.available 2017-09-21T19:43:50Z
dc.date.issued 2017-06
dc.identifier.citation Huang, T., Farmer, A. P., Goddard, E., Willows, N., & Subhan, F. (2017). An ethnographic exploration of perceptions of changes in dietary variety in the Kolli Hills, India. Food Security, 9(4), 759-771. doi: 10.1007/s12571-017-0701-3 en
dc.identifier.issn 1876-4525
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10625/56608
dc.description.abstract The Malayalis Tribe, a Scheduled Tribe of the Kolli Hills in southern India, has experienced a decrease in the variety of foods consumed in the past 20 years. It is important to understand these changes in dietary patterns to inform future interventions to improve dietary diversity. This study aimed to investigate the perceived factors and experiences from participants belonging to different age groups and genders that have affected changes in dietary variety in the Kolli Hills over the past 20 years. An ethnographic approach was used for the study. Data collection methods included semi-structured focus group discussions, informal individual interviews, and participant observations. Inductive thematic analysis was used to analyze themes related to the research questions. Results suggest that dietary diversity has declined and a smaller number of foods are consumed from grain products, fruits, vegetables and meat products. The main reasons for the decrease in dietary variety include an increased reliance on market systems (linked with an increase in cassava cash cropping) to obtain food and a lack of financial resources to purchase a variety of foods for consumption. Intergenerational changes in taste preferences influenced the types of foods consumed in the household. Drudgery associated with preparing traditional millets for consumption made it a less favorable choice in comparison to subsidized rice purchased through Fair Price Shops. The findings from this study are important to understand the changes in dietary patterns from the perspective of community members and will help inform future interventions to improve dietary diversity in the Kolli Hills. en
dc.format.extent 1 digital file (13 p. : ill.) en
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Springer en
dc.subject DIETARY VARIETY en
dc.subject CONSUMPTION PATTERNS en
dc.subject RURAL INDIA en
dc.subject ETHNOGRAPHY en
dc.subject PERCEPTIONS en
dc.subject FOCUS GROUPS en
dc.title An ethnographic exploration of perceptions of changes in dietary variety in the Kolli Hills, India en
dc.type Article en
idrc.project.number 106505
idrc.project.title Alleviating Poverty and Malnutrition in Agro-biodiversity Hotspots of India (CIFSRF) en
idrc.copyright.holder Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
idrc.copyright.holder International Society for Plant Pathology
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idrc.rims.adhocgroup IDRC SUPPORTED en
dc.relation.journal Food Security
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