Drivers of food security of vulnerable rural households in Bangladesh: implications for policy and development

Alam, G. M. Monirul and Alam, Khorshed and Mushtaq, Shahbaz (2018) Drivers of food security of vulnerable rural households in Bangladesh: implications for policy and development. South Asia Economic Journal, 19 (1). pp. 43-63. ISSN 1391-5614


Despite improvements in food production, many rural households in Bangladesh are still food insecure, and this requires urgent policy intervention if the situation
is to improve. This article examines the factors influencing food security of vulnerable rural riverine households in Bangladesh. The results reveal that riverine households’ lack of access to many basic necessities and services, such as food, safe drinking water, education and health, results in increased vulnerability to food insecurity which could lead to an unfortunate vicious cycle of poverty. Model results indicate that household heads’ education, household size, adoption of livestock and access to non-farm earnings also affect food security. More importantly, evidence suggests that access to improved health care also needs
policy support in parallel with improved access to food to achieve and sustain long-term food security in Bangladesh.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2018 04:50
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2018 05:51
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bangladesh, vulnerable household, physical health, food security, policy options
Fields of Research : 14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140201 Agricultural Economics
14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140219 Welfare Economics
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9610 Natural Hazards > 961099 Natural Hazards not elsewhere classified
B Economic Development > 91 Economic Framework > 9102 Microeconomics > 910299 Microeconomics not elsewhere classified
D Environment > 96 Environment > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960999 Land and Water Management of Environments not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1177/1391561418761075

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