2014 Student Research Conference:
27th Annual Student Research Conference

Household Food Security in Rural South Africa
Lauren Kells
Dr. Elaine McDuff, Faculty Mentor

South Africa has experienced many changes and challenges since the fall of apartheid. Even though the South African government has taken steps to create a better life and greater equality for its citizens, issues still remain. Food security is a complex issue that is influenced by many social, economic, and health factors. While food availability and nutrition are problems throughout the world, there are many factors that make South Africa especially susceptible to food insecurity. With rapidly changing economic policies and trends that make predicting regional food security difficult, it is important now to focus on household food securities. Rural food security in South Africa has its own individual challenges and influences, including poverty, infrastructure, apartheid era policies, and disease. The government has several programs and policies in place but more policy making and research must be done in order to progress food security in a positive direction.

Keywords: food security, South Africa, Rural, Apartheid , policy

Topic(s):Democracy and Human Rights in South Africa
African Studies
Agricultural Science

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 305-3
Location: MG 2090
Time: 1:30

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