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Type Working Paper - Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa
Title Food insecurity vulnerability in south western Zimbabwe: a case of rural households in Matobo district
Volume 17
Issue 2
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2015
URL http://www.jsd-africa.com/Jsda/V17No2-Spr15B/PDF/Food Insecurity Vulnerability in South​Western.Nkululeko J. Ndiweni.pdf
Household food insecurity has risen amongst the low income communities that are more vulnerable to the health and
environmental risks posed by climate change and socio-economic factors. In Southwestern Zimbabwe, this has precipitated
nutrition problems and health issues due to increased hunger thereby inhibiting sustainable development of human resources.
This study used the quantitative research based on the survey design which was undertaken in Matobo district, Southwestern
Zimbabwe. The questionnaire was administered to sixty household heads in the district which were systematically sampled.
The results show that most households are food insecure and vulnerability to food insecurity at household level occurs mainly
in October to December due to household size, HIV and AIDS, loss of entitlements such as employment, erratic rains leading
to loss of assets such as animals. Various coping strategies were observed such as eating wild fruits, cutting meals and eating
less preferred foods. Therefore, it is prudent for policy makers to advocate for agricultural activities that are area specific so
as to reduce the effects of climate change.

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