Household Food Insecurity Coping Strategies in Bungoma County, Kenya
International Journal of Nutrition and Food Sciences
Volume 4, Issue 6, November 2015, Pages: 713-716
Received: Nov. 29, 2015; Accepted: Dec. 8, 2015; Published: Feb. 19, 2016
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Mary Stella Wabwoba, Department of Emergency Management and Humanitarian Assistance, Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Kakamega, Kenya
Jacob Wanambacha Wakhungu, Centre for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance, Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Kakamega, Kenya
Stanley Omuterema, Centre for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance, Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Kakamega, Kenya
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Fighting hunger in a changing world demands that we stay vigilant in the way we obtain and share information that is critical for designing and implementing hunger strategies. Lack of Food in any country in the world is of great concern. For a long time Kenya government has strived to be food sufficient but all in vain. Research reports indicate that fifteen million Kenyans are food insecure with three million in constant need of food relief. For many years, the Kenya Government has strived to achieve food security through implementation of projects and security initiatives across all counties, but Bungoma county residents are still food insecure. People in Bungoma used varying coping strategies to mitigate hunger but cases of insufficient food were many. The study was done in Bungoma County and it aimed at evaluating the effectiveness and efficiency of food insecurity coping strategies used by households. Questionnaires, interview schedules and group discussions were used to collect data. The collected data was subjected to chi-square test analysis and ranked using Spearman rank order correlation. From the research, it was found that the coping strategies which people used were effective but not sufficient. Based on the findings, we recommend use of multidimensional Strategic approach to food insecurity and should involve all food security stakeholders to ensure sustainability.
Keywords
Food Insecurity, Coping Strategies, Households, Bungoma County, Kenya
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Mary Stella Wabwoba, Jacob Wanambacha Wakhungu, Stanley Omuterema, Household Food Insecurity Coping Strategies in Bungoma County, Kenya, International Journal of Nutrition and Food Sciences. Vol. 4, No. 6, 2015, pp. 713-716. doi: 10.11648/j.ijnfs.20150406.28
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