Food security in rural Lebanon : links with diet and agriculture

Authors: Hunter, Elizabeth
Advisor: Debailleul, Guy
Abstract: As part of a larger interdisciplinary project at the American University of Beirut, this research is based on a survey of 798 individuals in three rural areas of Lebanon, a market survey and analysis of government policy. It asks if a trade-off is being made between food quantity and food quality in the attempt to achieve food security. More dietary diversity, measured by food groups, is found to be associated with greater food security; wild plant collection is associated with food insecurity due to problems of endogeneity; and self-production of food was not significantly correlated with food security. Analysis of normal and ‘healthy’ food baskets show that healthier, diverse diets are indeed within the economic reach of people in these communities, however the choice of better quality diets may be undercut by current government policies which unwittingly promote unhealthy foods.
Document Type: Mémoire de maîtrise
Issue Date: 2008
Open Access Date: 13 April 2018
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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