Food access

Modified on 2013/05/23 16:00 by Haoyi Chen — Categorized as: Chapter 2 - Food security

From gender issues to gender statistics on food access: illustrative examples
Policy-relevant questions Data needed Sources of data
Do female-headed households have similar levels of food consumption as male-headed households? Food quantities consumed /acquired per adult equivalent disaggregated by sex of the head of household and detailed type of household

Insufficient food supply and intake, and anxiety about food as reported by the household; disaggregated by sex of the head of household and detailed type of household
Household Income and Expenditure Surveys /Household Budget Surveys
Living standard surveys
Food and Nutrition Security Surveys
Thematic agricultural surveys
Do female-headed households have the same quality diet as male-headed households?

Type of food groups consumed during a specified period and their frequency/quantity disaggregated by sex of the head of household and detailed type of household Insufficient quality as reported by the household disaggregated by sex of the head of household and detailed type of household Household Income and Expenditure Surveys / Household Budget Surveys

Living standard surveys Food and Nutrition Security Surveys Thematic agricultural surveys
Do female-headed households invest more in food and nutrition of family members than male-headed households? Food expenditure and total expenditure by adult equivalent by sex of the head of household and detailed type of household Household Income and Expenditure Surveys / Household Budget Surveys Living standard surveys
Do female-headed households and male-headed households implement different types of coping strategies in order to maintain acceptable food consumption levels? Changes in eating patterns due to food shortage and steps to alleviate food shortage by sex of the head of household and detailed type of household Food and Nutrition Security Surveys Living standard surveys Thematic agricultural surveys
Are female-headed households exposed to changes in food access as often as male-headed households? Are female-headed households more affected by major shocks, including natural disasters, than male-headed households Insufficient food supply, intake, and quality; and anxiety about food as reported by the household over the months of a year; disaggregated by sex of the head of household, detailed type of household; and reasons for food shortage Food quantities consumed/acquired per adult equivalent; number of times specific food groups are consumed; disaggregated by sex of the head of household and detailed type of household; before and after major shocks Food and nutrition Security Surveys

Living standard surveys or other multi-purpose surveys

Thematic agricultural surveys Panel surveys, surveys conducted regularly at short interval, and surveys conducted before and after major shocks






Note: A first draft of this section was prepared by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO, Statistics Division.