HCP partners Elizabeth Onyango, Jonathan Crush and Samuel Owuor publish paper on food insecurity and dietary deprivation in Kenya
HCP partners Elizabeth Onyango, Jonathan Crush and Samuel Owuor publish a paper titled “Food Insecurity and Dietary Deprivation: Migrant Households in Nairobi, Kenya” in the journal Nutrients. The paper examined whether migrant households are more likely to experience inferior diets, low dietary diversity, and increased dietary deprivation than their local counterparts. Second, it assesses whether some migrant households experience greater dietary deprivation than others. Third, it analyses whether rural-urban links play a role in boosting dietary diversity among migrant households. Length of stay in the city, the strength of rural-urban links, and food transfers do not show a significant relationship with greater dietary diversity. Better predictors of whether a household is able to escape dietary deprivation include education, employment, and household income. Food price increases also decrease dietary diversity as migrant households adjust their purchasing and consumption patterns. The analysis shows that food insecure households also experience the lowest levels of dietary diversity, and food secure households the highest.