KEY INFORMANTS’ PERSPECTIVES ON FOOD SECURITY AMONG FEMALE-HEADED HOUSEHOLDS IN KENYA

  • Beatrice Kabui Icheria University of Pretoria
  • Charlene Laurence Carbonatto University of Pretoria
  • Dr Nontembeko Joyce Bila University of Pretoria
Keywords: , dietary diversity, female-headed households, food security, nutrition, poverty, social work

Abstract

Social connectedness plays an important role in protecting food security, which requires multidisciplinary input from fields such as nutrition, agriculture, public health, social work and community development. This qualitative study explored food security among female-headed households (FHHs) in Kenya, as part of a larger mixed methods doctoral study. Fifteen key informants monitoring food security were interviewed in the qualitative phase and the thematic analysis generated nine themes, of which two are discussed. Results reveal that dietary diversity in FHHs is poor: they often experience severe food insecurity. Recommendations for  practice, policy, and future research are provided.

Author Biographies

Beatrice Kabui Icheria, University of Pretoria
Doctoral Student
Charlene Laurence Carbonatto, University of Pretoria
Department Social Work and Criminology
Dr Nontembeko Joyce Bila, University of Pretoria
Department Social Work and Criminology
Published
2021-03-29
Section
Articles