Exploring statistics: South Africa's national household surveys as sources of information about food security and subsistence agriculture

OUTPUT TYPE: Research report- client
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2009
TITLE AUTHOR(S): M.Aliber
KEYWORDS: AGRICULTURE, FOOD SECURITY, HOUSEHOLD SURVEYS, SUBSISTENCE FARMING
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 5813
HANDLE: 20.500.11910/4893

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Abstract

This paper seeks to complement CPEG's broader investigation into food security in South Africa by exploring the usefulness of some of Statistics South Africa's (Stats SA's) household surveys as sources of information about household-level food insecurity and the related theme of subsistence agriculture. Notwithstanding their limitations, these surveys have the potential advantage of being large and, in some instances, regular. It should be noted that the purpose of the paper is not particularly to consider the extent to which these household surveys can be relied upon to furnish food insecurity indicators.