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close this bookCARE Food Manual (CARE , 1998, 355 p.)
close this folderChapter 1 - Programming Food Resources
close this folderI. Hunger, Poverty, and Food Security*
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View the documentA. Food Security
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B. Coping Strategies

Food security is not static. The key to sustained food security is a household's adaptability to change and resiliency to bounce back from shocks that affect household members' abilities to earn income to produce or purchase sufficient food to meet household needs.

Types of Coping Strategies




· Crop and livestock adjustments
· Diet changes
· Increased consumption of wild foods
· Grain loans from family
· Labor sales (migration)

Liquidation of assets

· Sale of animals
· Cash/cereal loans from merchants
· Productive asset sales
· Farm land pledging
· Farm land sale

General out-migration

· To urban centers (temporary and permanent)
· To other countries