HIV and severity of seasonal household food-related coping behaviors in rural Ghana

S. Akrofi, L.L. Price, P.C. Struik

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Abstract

In-depth research was conducted to evaluate the seasonal food insecurity of HIV-positive and HIV-negative farm households in the Eastern Region, Ghana. A Coping Strategy Index (CSI) was used to assess household food-related coping behaviors. HIV-positive farm households often relied on both less severe and more severe coping behaviors, had a higher CSI, cultivated a smaller field area, harvested fewer food species from farms and gardens, and obtained income from fewer sources than HIV-negative farm households in both the post-harvest and lean seasons. We conclude that food insecurity is more severe in HIV-positive than in HIV-negative farm households in both seasons
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)148-175
JournalEcology of Food and Nutrition
Volume51
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Keywords

  • sub-saharan africa
  • hiv/aids
  • security
  • insecurity
  • strategies
  • frequency
  • diversity
  • aids

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