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Household food insecurity and associated factors in rural communities: a case of Kilosa District, Tanzania

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dc.contributor.author Ntwenya, J.
dc.contributor.author Kinabo, J.
dc.contributor.author Msuya, J.
dc.contributor.author Mamiro, P.
dc.contributor.author Mamiro, D.
dc.contributor.author Katalambula, L.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-13T09:11:09Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-13T09:11:09Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.issn 1991-637X
dc.identifier.uri http://www.suaire.suanet.ac.tz:8080/xmlui/handle/123456789/1336
dc.description African Journal of Agricultural Research (2015): 4783-4794 en_US
dc.description.abstract Food insecurity continues to be a major contributing factor to nutrition insecurity in developing countries. A nine item Household Food Insecurity Access Scale (HFIAS) was administered twice to 307 households among three agro-ecological zones in rural communities of Kilosa District-Tanzania to measure food security. Households were surveyed once during the rainy season (February–May) and once immediately post harvest (September–October) in the year 2011. The mean HFIAS score was the highest during the rainy season (8.15±6.06) and ranged from 0 to 26. During the harvest season, the mean HFIAS was 6.76±5.88 and ranged from 0 to 24. Using the categorical measure of food insecurity, the proportion of food secure households was higher during harvest season (31.3%) than was the case 19.9% during the rainy season. Similarly, 31.6% of the surveyed households were classified as being most food insecure during the rainy season as opposed to 26.1% during the harvest season (P=0.01). Food insecurity persisted among 39.2% of the surveyed households during the rainy season and period after harvest. The households in which at least one member offered casual labour such as the clearance of the farm fields, had 2.1 higher odds (95% CI: 1.05 to 4.29) of being food insecure. A substantial proportion of the surveyed households were food insecure across agricultural seasons and in various agro-ecological zones. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher African Journal of Agricultural Research en_US
dc.subject Household food insecurity en_US
dc.subject Household Food Insecurity Access Scale (HFIAS) en_US
dc.subject Associated factors en_US
dc.subject Rural communities en_US
dc.subject Agro-ecological zones en_US
dc.subject Tanzania en_US
dc.title Household food insecurity and associated factors in rural communities: a case of Kilosa District, Tanzania en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.url http://www.academicjournals.org/AJAR en_US


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