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Title: Determinants of gender differences in household food security perceptions in the Western and Eastern regions of Kenya
Authors: Lutomia, Cosmas Kweyu
Obare, Gideon A.
Kariuki, Isaac Maina
Muricho, Geoffrey Simiyu
Keywords: Gender
Food security
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Abstract: In addition to Intra-household resource allocations and internal dynamics of decision-making, gendered perceptions on household food security play a critical role in households’ nutritional status, especially in developing coun- tries. However, evidence on the role of gender-based perceptions on households’ food security and related implications on the households’ nutritional status is limited. This study examines the determinants of gender-disaggregated household food security perceptions among smallholder farming households. We used two panels of data from households in eastern and western Kenya and employ the House hold Food Insecurity Access Scale to measure perceptions of household food insecurity, and the random effects generalized ordered probit model to evaluate the determinants of security perceptions across gender. The results reveal that the factors that influence food security perceptions vary across gender. The education level of household head and the number of relatives were negatively associated with female perceptions of household food insecurity, whereas the household dependency ratio was positively associated with female perceptions of household food insecurity. In contrast, age and gender of household head were positively
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