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Type Journal Article - Food Science and Quality Management
Title Mothers’ and Households’ Food Security Status in Kangai and Mutithi Locations of Mwea West Sub County, Kenya
Author(s)
Volume 58
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2016
Page numbers 12-19
URL http://etd-library.ku.ac.ke/bitstream/handle/123456789/15456/Mothers’ and Households’ Food​Security Status in Kangai and Mutithi......pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to investigate household’s food security status. The study was carried out in dry
harvesting and wet planting seasons in the two locations of Mwea West Sub County, Kenya, namely, Kangai and
Mutithi. The study design was comparative cross sectional survey while the data instrument was a structured
researcher administered household questionnaire. Sampling techniques included probability proportionate to
population, The data were analyzed by the use of Health Canada’s, Household Food Security Survey Model
(HFSSM), On the whole, the findings were that 39% of the households were food secure, 21 % were moderately
insecure, while 40 % were severely food insecure. The general conclusion was that in as much as the households
in the two locations were significantly different in terms of households’ and mothers’ food security status, they
both experienced chronic food insecurity which did not change with the season. The study recommends food
intervention for the 40 % of households that are severely food insecure.

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