Food security analysis in the arid lands of Isiolo in Eastern Kenya

Show simple item record Olala, M.A. Gor, C.O. Mukhebi, A.W 2018-01-30T09:44:27Z 2018-01-30T09:44:27Z 2016-01
dc.identifier.issn 2308 - 1365
dc.description.abstract Food security is a major global concern. Food insecurity has insidious effects on the health and development of young children and consequently, adults. The paper assesses the food security status and its key determinants for the rural households of the arid lands of Isiolo in Kenya. A three stage sampling technique was used for respondents (56) selection. Data collected were: demographics, livelihood strategies, food security and livelihood assets. Descriptive and inferential statistical methods and descriptive content analysis were used. Inferential statistics focused on ANOVA, PMC analysis-test and regression analysis. Overall food insecurity was at 75%, with 21% food insecure and 54%vulnerable households. The most food secure households were 2%, and 23%were moderately secure. Household food security was statistically significant(p<.05) with a mean score of (M=2.423, SD=.507). Three key determinants for food security were: natural [t(56) =3.626, p=.000],financial [t(56) = 2.798, p<.05] and human [t(56) =3.181, p <.05] capitals. Livelihood assets accounted for 28.9% (R=0.537, R2=0.289) of the variation in household food security. Coping strategies for food insecurity were: feeding on unbalanced diet, reducing meals, eating low cost food and food relief. Policies that facilitate nutritious food to be within reach and affordable at all times, and investments in human capital are worth promoting for improved household food security. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher International Journal of Contemporary Applied Sciences en_US
dc.subject Food Security en_US
dc.subject Household en_US
dc.subject Assets en_US
dc.subject Livelihood en_US
dc.subject Arid en_US
dc.subject Isiolo en_US
dc.subject Kenya en_US
dc.title Food security analysis in the arid lands of Isiolo in Eastern Kenya en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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