Poster / Presentation

Household food security and dietary diversity in different agro-ecological zones in Western Kenya

The objective of this study was to assess the differences in household food security between different agro-ecological zones in Bondo and Teso districts in rural western Kenya. A cross sectional nutrition survey was conducted in July/August 2012 targeting 293 randomly selected households with mothers/caregivers with children aged 6–23 months. Overall 35% and 3.4% of the households experienced moderate and severe hunger, respectively. The dry zones experienced less hunger compared to the humid zones with household dietary diversity score values being higher in the dry zones compared to the humid zones. This contradicts the common pattern of low food availability in the drier semi/transitional zones and further investigations taking other variables into consideration are needed