Wealth Matters: Prevalence and Predictive Indicators of Food Insecurity in the Sidama and Wolayta Zones of Southern Ethiopia uri icon

abstract

  • Food security is essential for robust economies, political stability, and a resilient environment. Stakeholders from across sectors have a vested interest to ensure that all people at all times have access to sufficient, nutritious food. The objectives of this study were to measure prevalence and severity of food insecurity among households in 2 districts of southern Ethiopia and identify local predictive factors. The study population consisted of 150 households in the Sidama and Wolayta zones in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Region (SNNPR). Data were collected through semistructured questionnaires by trained enumerators in the local language and analyzed using SAS version 9.2. The following factors were found to have association with food insecurity: total livestock, total landholdings, cell phone ownership, educational attainment, radio ownership, and type of roof. Measures of wealth had a positive association with food security. More localized studies such as this may be warranted to help inform the design of programs and policies that work across the sectors of agriculture, nutrition, and health to enhance the livelihoods of individuals, families, and whole communities.

publication date

  • 2016
  • 2016