Title
Improving food security in the rural areas of KwaZulu-Natal province, South Africa : too little, too slow
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Sciences. Bioscience Engineering
Publication type
article
Publication
Sandton ,
Subject
Law
Source (journal)
Development Southern Africa. - Sandton
Volume/pages
30(2013) :4-5 , p. 468-490
ISSN
0376-835X
0376-835X
ISI
000325243700003
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Food insecurity is still remarkably high in the poorest areas of the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. Many rural households struggle to have sufficient access to the food they need or prefer. This article explores the extent of food access insecurity and assesses the perceived impact on food security of an Empowerment for Food Security Programme that was launched in the Province in 2007. One of the programme aims was to improve agricultural practices in community gardens, home gardens and broiler production. Data were collected among 390 beneficiary households involved in these agricultural projects in 2010. Findings confirmed that experience-based food insecurity levels were still high, despite the agricultural support programme and the government income transfers. Nevertheless, respondents attribute an improved dietary diversity and better access to resources to the programme.
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