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Exploring Statistics South Africa’s national household surveys as sources of information about household-level food security

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  • Aliber, Michael
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    This article seeks to contribute to an understanding of household-level food security in South Africa using publicly available household survey data from Statistics South Africa. The two datasets that are used in particular are the General Household Survey, an annual household survey that began in 2002, and the Income and Expenditure Survey of 2005/06. Because these surveys are not designed for the analysis of household-level food security, it is not possible to do the kind of detailed analysis made possible by purpose-designed surveys. However these datasets have some value in respect of understanding food security, namely: large sample sizes; the depth of complementary types of information that assist in contextualising the experience of food insecurity and, in the case of the General Household Survey, regularity. Among the findings are a decline in the experience of hunger during the period 2002–2007, and significantly lower food expenditure per capita in rural areas, suggesting a greater extent of ‘self-provisioning’ than is commonly assumed.

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    Article provided by Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa (AEASA) in its journal Agrekon.

    Volume (Year): 48 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 4 (December)
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    Handle: RePEc:ags:agreko:58213

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    Keywords: food security; household survey; hunger; food expenditure; Statistics South Africa; Consumer/Household Economics;

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    1. Jacobs, Peter T., 2010. "Household Food Insecurity, Rapid Food Price Inflation and the Economic Downturn," 2010 AAAE Third Conference/AEASA 48th Conference, September 19-23, 2010, Cape Town, South Africa 96436, African Association of Agricultural Economists (AAAE) & Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa (AEASA).

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