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How close are we to self-provisioning? A look at the livelihood strategies of rural households in the Southern Andean region of Colombia [post]

Héctor Eduardo Hernández-Núñez, Gustavo Adolfo Gutiérrez García, Isabel Gutiérrez-Montes, Juan Carlos Suárez Salazar, Hernán J. Andrade, Angie Paola Bernal Núñez, Fernando Casanoves, Cornelia Butler Flora
2020 unpublished
Production for self-provisioning contributes to food security in rural territories; however, studies have indicated that this capacity is limited. We analyze the impact of livelihood strategies on self-provisioning conditions in 162 rural households in the department of Huila, Colombia. Different topics were examined: a. source of the food; b. composition of home gardens; c. push and pull factors towards self-provisioning; d. capacity of rural households to access food in the face of COVID-19.
more » ... face of COVID-19. Results indicated that rural households are 75% dependent on grocery stores for access their food. Only 51% of households have a home garden, with limited species diversity. Capacity for self-provisioning varies according to the livelihood strategies and capital endowment of the household; those with a greater diversity of agricultural activities have better capacity to provide for self-provisioning. We conclude that resilience of rural households is minimal to face atypical events such as the pandemic generated by COVID-19.
doi:10.21203/ fatcat:ytpgprm7jnbwrbat2hifa6rybq