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Storing a staple crop for own consumption: Linkages to food security

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  • Khor, L.Y.
  • Zeller, M.

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We examine in our study the effect on food security from storing more of a harvested staple crop for own consumption. The analysis is based on survey data from more than 1,800 households in rural Guatemala that harvested beans in 2015, with crop production data from two planting seasons. By including a full factorial of three variables of wealth and the harvest usage decision from two different seasons, we examine the effect of storing more beans across different wealth levels and harvest storage amounts. We find an interesting contrast between the impact on the household's sense of food security and its actual food security. Even though storing more beans does not reduce the likelihood of a household running out of food, it does help to reduce the worry among poorer households that such an incident might occur. We also analyze the effect of storage decisions on different categories of food security using generalized ordered logit, and then compare whether the effect on food security is different between adults and children using multinomial logit. We find that increasing storage could lead to adults having less variation in their food consumption patterns, but the effect is less pronounced among children. Acknowledgement : This work was supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

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  • Khor, L.Y. & Zeller, M., 2018. "Storing a staple crop for own consumption: Linkages to food security," 2018 Conference, July 28-August 2, 2018, Vancouver, British Columbia 277244, International Association of Agricultural Economists.
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