Monthly food insecurity assessment in rural mkushi district, Zambia: a longitudinal analysis

157 households whose children were enrolled in the non-intervened arm of an efficacy trial of biofortified maize were analysed

Abstract

Perception-based scales are widely used for household food insecurity (HFI) assessment but were only recently added in national surveys. The study aims to examine longitudinal changes in monthly reported HFI at both population- and household-level. A total of 157 households in rural Mkushi District whose children were enrolled in the non-intervened arm of an efficacy trial of biofortified maize were included in the analysis. HFI was assessed by a validated 8-item perception-based Likert scale on a monthly basis from October 2012 to March 2013 (6 visits), characterizing mostly the lean season.

This work is an output of the HarvestPlus Programme. The Department for International Development is one of the main donors for HarvestPlus.

Citation

Na, Muzi, Bess L. Caswell, Sameera A. Talegawkar, and Amanda Palmer. 2017. Monthly food insecurity assessment in rural mkushi district, Zambia: a longitudinal analysis. BMC Public Health 17 (260). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-017-4176-0.

Monthly food insecurity assessment in rural mkushi district, Zambia: a longitudinal analysis

Published 1 March 2017