Food Poverty, Hunger and Household Production in Rural Eastern Cape Households

Food Poverty, Hunger and Household Production in Rural Eastern Cape Households

Author: 
Rogan, Michael
Place: 
Oxon
Publisher: 
Taylor & Francis Group
Date published: 
2018
Journal Title: 
Development Southern Africa
Source: 
Development Southern Africa Vol 35 No 1 January 2018 pp 90-104
Abstract: 

More than two decades since the advent of democracy in South Africa, the place of small-scale agriculture in rural development, poverty alleviation and food security remains ambiguous and highly contested. However, there is now some new evidence that official income poverty estimates in South Africa may be underestimating the contribution of rural, land-based livelihoods when measuring household well-being. This paper aims to explore this possibility further by identifying how household production activities are associated with improved food security among rural Eastern Cape households in the former homelands. The analysis is based on data from Statistics South Africa’s 2008/9 Living Conditions Survey and its annual General Household Surveys. In adopting a food poverty lens, the findings suggest that hunger levels are lower among farming households in the Eastern Cape even though a higher percentage of these households (relative to non-farming households) live below the national food poverty line. The paper concludes by discussing some implications for policy.

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CITATION: Rogan, Michael. Food Poverty, Hunger and Household Production in Rural Eastern Cape Households . Oxon : Taylor & Francis Group , 2018. Development Southern Africa Vol 35 No 1 January 2018 pp 90-104 - Available at: http://library.au.int/food-poverty-hunger-and-household-production-rural-eastern-cape-households