Ultra poor households’ flood coping strategies towards food security in two flood prone regions

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The study was conducted to have an understanding of ultra poor people’s flood coping strategies towards food security in two selected flood prone regions of Bangladesh. Data were collected from 300 ultra poor households of food prone areas of Jamalpur and Kishoreganj districts. Questionnaire survey and PRA techniques were used to collect data from the respondents during the period of April to September, 2009. The results showed that the commonly practiced flood coping strategies as followed by the ultra poor were: (i) relying upon less expensive or less preferred food items, (ii) reducing amount of food per meal, (iii) reducing number of meals per day, (iv) reducing adult consumption for the sake of children, (v) purchasing or borrowing food on credit, (vi) borrowing money from NGOs or Grameen Bank, (vii) borrowing from local moneylenders, and (viii) migration to city or other areas for livelihood opportunities. Apart from these commonly practiced strategies, ten occasionally practiced strategies were also identified. Moreover, ultra poor households’ demographic characteristics, flood coping ability and impact of governments’ safety net programmes were examined. On the basis of ultra poor people’s opinion and real situation in the flood prone areas, a number of policy implicating recommendations have been put forth, while a number of issues have been recommended for undertaking fur future research.

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Jun 2010
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Agris Subject Categories: 
Food Security
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