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dc.contributor.authorKathuri, James Ndwiga
dc.contributor.authorObando, Joy A.
dc.contributor.authorKisovi, Leonard M.
dc.date.accessioned2022-06-17T08:57:00Z
dc.date.available2022-06-17T08:57:00Z
dc.date.issued2020-06
dc.identifier.citationKathuri, N.J, Obando, J.A & Kisovi, M.L (2020) Household Coping and Adaptive Strategies Undertaken by Households to Enhance Food Security in Makueni County, Kenya Published in ‘The IJHSS’ Journal, Volume VIII, Issue 6, June, 2020 DOI No.: 10.24940/theijhss/2020/v8/i6/HS2006-066en_US
dc.identifier.issn2321 - 9203
dc.identifier.urihttp://ir-library.ku.ac.ke/handle/123456789/23832
dc.descriptionA Research Article in the The International Journal of Humanities & Social Studiesen_US
dc.description.abstractFood insecurity remains a key problem in the World in general and in the low income countries in particular. Examining how households deal with the challenge of food insecurity is therefore important in order to have more informed policy interventions. This study examined coping and adaptive strategies undertaken by households to enhance food security in Makueni County, Kenya. The study adopted a descriptive research design and used a semi-structured questionnaire to gather data. Observation and photography methods were also used to compliment the questionnaire. While food insecurity was the dependant variable, the predictor variables were the coping and adaptive strategies used by the households to deal with food insecurity situations. From 400 respondents selected in Makueni County, Kenya, the study results revealed that nearly all (98%) of the farmers are resilient and uses a number of coping and adaptive strategies to deal with food insecurity. The coping strategies used include engaging in small scale business, engaging in causal labour jobs, food aid, food rationing and borrowing from relatives and friends to be able to acquire food among others. The adaptive strategies on the hand include keeping of livestock, agroforestry, seeking formal employment and undertaking small scale irrigation among others. The study further established that the coping and adaptive strategies used were not successful in making households food secure but they were a means of minimizing the effects of food insecurity. The respondents indicated that the coping and adaptive strategies were not successful in addressing food insecurity due to factors such as death of livestock due to drought, lack of dams for water, lack of employment opportunities, and lack of adequate support by the government. This implies that despite use of various coping and adaptive strategies, the farmers are still vulnerable to food insecurity because the strategies applied merely minimized the effects of food insufficiency. The study recommends the need to address the households’ food insecurity through strengthening of households coping and adaptive strategies such as through credit facilities, training, use of technology, creating job opportunities, enhancing government support through for example extension services and a shift from food aid to inputs for work as well as diversifying farmers’ livelihood activities.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherThe International Journal of Humanities & Social Studiesen_US
dc.subjectFood insecurityen_US
dc.subjectCoping and adaptive strategiesen_US
dc.subjectDroughten_US
dc.subjectHouseholdsen_US
dc.subjectMakuenien_US
dc.subjectKenyaen_US
dc.titleHousehold Coping and Adaptive Strategies Undertaken by Households to Enhance Food Security in Makueni County, Kenyaen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US


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