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  • Food Security and Urban-Rural Reciprocity in Johannesburg: Reflections from the RENEWAL Study, 2008 Scott Drimie, Jo Vearey and Lorena Nunez University of the Witwatersrand Forced Migration Studies Programme Health and Migration Initiative
  • Recognising the complexity of African cities: the importance of diversity
    • Renewal study engages complexity :
      • Adopts an “ecohealth” approach
      • Focus on different types of migrants: Internal & external
      • Complex linkages; people, food, money, goods (reciprocity)
      • Diverse settlement types
    • Mixed methodology:
      • Quantitative surveys in Addis Ababa, Johannesburg & Windhoek
      • Qualitative research with different groups including children
      • Engaged decision makers throughout
    • Connections with AFSUN Study
  • Objectives
      • To explore the linkages between HIV, migration and urban food security through a livelihoods lens.
      • To better understand differences in urban livelihood systems between:
        • Those residing informally and those residing formally
        • Internal and cross-border migrants.
      • Considers food security as an outcome of diverse livelihood strategies
  • Methodology
    • Cross-sectional household survey (2008)
      • Johannesburg: a complex urban context
      • Purposively selected areas across urban informal and formal
        • 3 inner-city suburbs
        • 1 informal settlement
    • Administered questionnaire;
    • Cluster-based random sampling.
    • 487 households (1,555 individuals):
      • 60% (n = 293): South African internal migrants
      • 31% (n = 150): Cross-border migrants
      • 9% (n = 44): Always resided in Johannesburg
    • Locations:
      • 60 % Inner City
      • 40% Informal Urban
  • Johannesburg study sites
  • Study Confirmed Complex Urban Rural Linkages
    • Interlinked livelihood systems
    • Reciprocity between
      • rural and urban
    • The meaning of
      • “ home”
    • Urban development
      • must engage with
      • the “rural”
  • Urban informal settlements have double the HIV prevalence of urban formal areas in South Africa
  • Sickness and HIV: if someone ‘back home’ becomes sick with HIV/AIDS Send money home Return home to provide care 33% 19% Nothing 34 % Bring to JHB 14 % 63% 11 % 6% 21 % Informal Formal n = 457 Chi-square = 40.796; p = <0.001
  • Sickness and HIV: if the individual in Johannesburg becomes too sick to work, the majority will return back home Support 54 % 67% Importance of food Burden on the household back home. Urban livelihood that supports another household ‘back home’ would be affected.
  • Food Security in Johannesburg: Key Findings from Sol Plaatjie and the Inner City Food security measured as an outcome of a diverse livelihood strategy Explored through comparing the Inner City to the Urban Informal Many important indicators and measurements:
  • Measuring Food Security
    • Change in status since moving to Johannesburg
    • Experience of food shortage in past 12 months
    • Coping strategies
    • Dietary Diversity Score
  • Perception of Status: respondents residing informally were more likely to report that their food access has worsened since moving to Johannesburg Chi-square 32.170; p = <0.0001
  • Experience of a Food Shortage: respondents residing informally are more likely to have experienced a food shortage in the past 12 months
  • Shocks causing food shortage Chi-square 52.788; p = <0.0001
  • Strategies to cope with food insecurity Strategies to cope with food shortage 0 50 100 150 200 250 rely on hh members rely on hh members and grant money do extra work borrow from relatives outside the hh borrow from friends and neighbours rely on boyfriend nobody to rely upon relative frequencies (%) strategies
  • Dietary Diversity Score
    • A variety of foods in the diet is required to ensure an adequate intake of essential nutrients . Dietary diversity reflects the number of foods or food groups eaten over a reference period.
    • Dietary diversity can be used as an indicator of micro-nutrient adequacy (Steyn et al 2006), and as a proxy measure of the nutritional quality of the diet (Swindale and Bilinsky 2005).
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    • Dietary diversity scores have been positively associated with the nutritional status of young children (Arimond and Ruel 2004) and adults (Savy et al 2007), independent of socio-economic factors.
    • Steyn  et al (2006) showed a strong relationship between dietary diversity and child growth for South African children.
  • Dietary Diversity Score:
  • Dietary Diversity Score:
  • Dietary Diversity Score: respondents residing informally were more likely to have a deficient dietary score Chi-square 89.880; p = <0.0001 Score 0 - 3 Score 4 - 6 Score 7 - 9 24 hour Dietary Diversity Score
  • Dietary Diversity Score:
  • Implications of an Inadequate Diet
    • Refined foods among lowest cost sources of energy
    • More nutrient dense foods (lean meat, vegetables and fruit) are more costly.
    • In 2006 many healthier food items were 50% more expensive than comparable less healthy ones.
    • Low-income people will often select a diet with a high content of refined cereals, sugar and fat (Temple & Steyn, 2009).
    • Suggests economic factors may lead to selection of unhealthy diet. However, other factors such as taste and convenience are important.
  • Implications of an Inadequate Diet
    • High content of sugar and fat in cheap, less healthy foods causes them to have high energy density (ED)
    • Many investigators speculate that diets with high ED may be responsible for high prevalence of obesity in people of low socio-economic status.
    • South Africa has a high prevalence of both under-nutrition and over-nutrition. Poor quality of available food may contribute to both conditions.
    • An energy-dense diet may be one of the major causes leading to overweight and obesity and micronutrient deficiencies in infants and children.
  • [1 GAIn, 2009 ; Steyn et al. 2005 ; Kruger et al. 2007 Comparison of stunting for children aged 1-9 years nationally and by area of residence: South Africa 1999 and 2005
  • HIV/AIDS and nutrition are inextricably interrelated, particularly in Africa
    • Malnutrition and food insecurity are endemic in Africa, where more than 25 million people are living with HIV
    • Nearly 40% of African children < 5 are moderately or severely stunted (low height-for-age)
      • > 50% also suffer from micronutrient deficiency disorders
    • Malnutrition is not limited to children.
      • > 50% of all pregnant women are anemic
  • What can be done?
    • Costs of Improving Diets a Challenge. Temple and Steyn, 2009:
    • Extra cost of a healthier diet was roughly R198 per month, an amount that represents between 10% and 20% of the entire family budget (Khayelitsha)
    • Based on food price data collected in 2006.
  • Implications for Policy
    • Short sighted to advise people to change diets if unaffordable
    • Health promotion messages formulated to advise selection of foods that are healthy and affordable – including maize meal, oats, lentils, rice, dry beans, vegetables and fruit.
    • But this one element of food insecurity including broader structural issues – eg. Challenge of addressing the reality of food prices:
    • Taxation? Subsidies? Disincentives for price collusion?
  • An Aligned Approach?