Only 26% of the women between 12 and 49 years received the minimum dietary diversity.Dr Summer Allen Tweet
This study obtained information on a range of topics associated with food security and nutrition, gender, and water access in selected villages of Honduras that were of interest to local civil society organisations in terms of understanding the constraints and planning their programs.
Allen, Summer and Luciana Delgado. (2020). ‘Gender and food security in Honduras’. IFPRI Discussion Paper 1949. Washington, DC: International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
Disempowerment is primarily driven by workload and lack of group membership for both women and men but women are further hindered by the inability to participate in credit and productive decisions.
For example, although women participate in livestock and non-agricultural economic activities, many do not have the power to make decisions in these activities. While the results are not representative at the departmental or municipality level, they provide some insight into the constraints for these rural communities. These constraints include access to safe drinking water, sanitation, adequate diets, and income opportunities.
A survey of 647 randomly-selected households was conducted in selected villages of Choluteca, Lempira and Ocotepeque in August and September 2018.
Interviews were done with men and women in each household and modules included the Abbreviated Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (A-WEAI), the Household Food Insecurity Access Scale (HFIAS), and the Minimum Dietary Diversity of Women (MDD-W).
Jasmyn Spanswick prepared this research following an interview with Dr Summer Allen.