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The challenges facing empirical estimation of household food (in)security in South Africa


  • Sheryl Hendriks


This paper sets out to describe current principle theoretical positions in food security research, describe and compare empirical South African food security studies with key international methodologies and pose research challenges for food security research in the country. Scant available food security studies for South Africa seem to indicate that food insecurity and hunger exist and are likely to increase due to increasing food price trends, greater reliance on cash food purchases and spiralling vulnerability as a result of HIV/AIDS morbidity and mortality. Empirical research is urgently needed to determine the coping strategies of households under 'normal' conditions, identify vulnerable households, and monitor the impact of various shocks and stresses on household food security.

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  • Sheryl Hendriks, 2005. "The challenges facing empirical estimation of household food (in)security in South Africa," Development Southern Africa, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 22(1), pages 103-123.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:deveza:v:22:y:2005:i:1:p:103-123
    DOI: 10.1080/03768350500044651

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    2. Steckel, Richard H., 2009. "Heights and human welfare: Recent developments and new directions," Explorations in Economic History, Elsevier, vol. 46(1), pages 1-23, January.

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