Interpreting food security research findings with rural South African communities

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dc.contributor.author McIntyre, Angela M.
dc.contributor.author Hendriks, Sheryl L.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-09-19T11:32:15Z
dc.date.available 2019-09-19T11:32:15Z
dc.date.issued 2018-04-28
dc.description.abstract INTRODUCTION : The presence of concurrent childhood stunting and adult obesity observed in poor, rural, former homeland communities in South Africa appears to be explained by nutrition transition, but the factors shaping rural food security are still poorly understood. Localized constraints and capabilities are often overlooked by food security policies, strategies and programs. Grounding food security data in local contexts is often a missing step in the diagnosis of food insecurity. AIMS : This qualitative study aimed to engage members of poor rural communities in generating a more grounded, localized understanding of food insecurity. METHOD : Members of South Africa’s poorest rural communities were asked to validate and interpret food production, consumption and nutrition data from a three-year, multidisciplinary food security study, with the aid of graphic presentations to overcome literacy barriers. RESULTS : Interpretations of food security research findings by communities revealed unique local experiences and understandings of food insecurity. CONCLUSION : Engaging people in the joint diagnosis of their food security challenges generates information on the environmental, economic and cultural conditions that shape experiences of hunger and influence nutrition outcomes, which are not always captured by conventional food security analyses. More inclusive and participatory research could support the design of more effective food security interventions in marginalized rural communities. en_ZA
dc.description.department Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2019 en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.ccsenet.org/journal/index.php/gjhs/index en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation McIntyre, A. & Hendriks, S. 2018, 'Interpreting food security research findings with rural South African communities', Global Journal of Health Science, vol. 10, no. 5, pp. 183-196. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1916-9736 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1916-9744 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.5539/gjhs.v10n5p183
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/71419
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Canadian Center of Science and Education en_ZA
dc.rights Copyright for this article is retained by the author(s), with first publication rights granted to the journal. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). en_ZA
dc.subject Food security en_ZA
dc.subject Malnutrition en_ZA
dc.subject Obesity en_ZA
dc.subject Stunting en_ZA
dc.subject Agriculture en_ZA
dc.subject Climate change en_ZA
dc.subject Qualitative research en_ZA
dc.subject South Africa (SA) en_ZA
dc.title Interpreting food security research findings with rural South African communities en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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