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Record number 561638
Title Determinants of food insecurity among smallholder farmer households in Central America: recurrent versus extreme weather-driven events
Author(s) Alpizar, Francisco; Saborio-Rodríguez, Milagro; Martinez Rodríguez, Ruth M.; Viguera, Barbara; Vignola, Raffaele; Capitán, Tabaré; Harvey, C.A.
Source Regional Environmental Change 20 (2020)22. - ISSN 1436-3798 - 16 p.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s10113-020-01592-y
Department(s) WASS
Environmental Policy
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2020
Keyword(s) Coping strategies - Extreme weather events - Food insecurity - Guatemala - Honduras - Small-scale farming
Abstract To ensure food security among rural communities under a changing climate, policymakers need information on the prevalence and determinants of food insecurity, the role of extreme weather events in exacerbating food insecurity,
and the strategies that farmers use to cope with food insecurity. Using household surveys in Guatemala and Honduras, we explore the prevalence of food insecurity among smallholder farmers on both a recurrent (seasonal)
and episodic (resulting from extreme weather events) basis, analyze the factors associated with both types of food insecurity, and document farmer coping strategies. Of the 439 households surveyed, 56% experienced recurrent food
insecurity, 36% experienced episodic food insecurity due to extreme weather events, and 24% experienced both types. Food insecurity among smallholder farmers was correlated with sociodemographic factors (e.g., age, education,
migration) and asset ownership. The factors affecting food insecurity differed between type and prevalence of food insecurity. Our results highlight the urgent need for policies and programs to help smallholder farmers improve their
overall food security and resilience to extreme weather shocks. Such policies should focus on enhancing farmer education levels, securing land tenure, empowering women, promoting generational knowledge exchange, and providing emergency food support in the lean season or following extreme weather events.
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