Determinants of Food Security among Low Income Households in North-East Trinidad.

This study examined the determinants of the food security status of low income households in North-East Trinidad. Food security status was assessed using the 18-item U.S. Household Food Security Survey Module of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The sample consisted of caregivers of primary school children aged 7-12 years who reside in two regions (St. Andrew-St. David and St. George East) in North-East Trinidad. There were 304 respondents, 90.13% female and 9.87% male. Multiple linear regression analysis was used to determine the relationship between food security status and household socio-demographic characteristics. Results show gender, marital status and income were the only three useful predictors of household food insecurity. Gender and marital status were both positive and significant at the 0.05 significance level. The coefficient for income was negative and significant at the 0.05 significance level. This study found that more female-headed households participated in the study and were more food insecure as compared with male-headed households; additionally, females were more likely to experience mild and moderate food insecurity with hunger. More female headed households participated in the study and were found to be more food insecure as compared with the male headed households.


Issue Date:
Dec 21 2018
Publication Type:
Journal Article
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Record Identifier:
https://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/281788
ISSN:
1019-035X
Language:
English
Published in:
Farm and Business - The Journal of the Caribbean Agro-Economic Society, 10, 2
Page range:
2-12




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