Impact of socio-economic characteristics of rural households on food security: The case of the Punjab, Pakistan

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    Abstract

    Food security was assessed using the calorie intake method in the rural Punjab of Pakistan using primary data from 1152 households in 12 districts. Results show that 23% of households were food insecure, out of which about half were found to be severely food insecure. Socio-economic correlates were identified by analyzing cross-tabulations and running χ2 tests. Livestock assets, monthly income, family size, family structure, household head's age and educational levels were identified as major correlates of rural household food security. Furthermore, they were ranked for their relative importance to food security. Livestock assets and monthly income were found to be the most important factors.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)611-618
    JournalJournal of Animal and Plant Sciences
    Volume23
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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