Food Insecurity among Small‐Scale Farmers in Poland
Agnieszka Poczta-Wajda , Agnieszka Sapa , Sebastian Stępień , Michał Borychowski
AbstractThe problem of food insecurity is generally associated with developing countries, but at the household level it also occurs in developed countries, especially in socially vulnerable groups, such as small-scale farms. However, the issue of food insecurity in developed countries, especially at the household level, is rather neglected in the scientific literature. This study was conducted to fill this gap and examine the level of food insecurity among small-scale farms in Poland. Data were collected using a structured questionnaire from 710 small-scale farms in Poland. The incidence and degree of food insecurity was measured with the Household Food Insecurity Access Scale (HFIAS). The study found that about 43% of the respondents were exposed to food insecurity, including almost 9% to severe food insecurity, which is well above the average for the entire Polish population. By applying cross-tabulation and the zero-inflated Poisson regression model, the study found that the higher age and secondary or higher education of the farm manager, having children in the household and higher land productivity have a statistically significant negative influence on households’ food insecurity (i.e., decreased HFIAS score). On the contrary, family size of five or more and production type “permanent crops” and “dairy cows” have a statistically significant positive influence on households’ food insecurity (i.e., increased HFIAS score).
|Journal series||Agriculture (Switzerland), [Agriculture (Switzerland)], ISSN 2077-0472, e-ISSN 2077-0472, (N/A 100 pkt)|
|Publication size in sheets||1.15|
|Keywords in Polish||bezpieczeństwo żywnościowe, metoda HFIAS, gospodarstwa drobnotowarowe, regresja zero-inflated Poisson|
|Keywords in English||food insecurity; HFIAS; small‐scale farmers; zero‐inflated Poisson regression|
|ASJC Classification||; ;|
|Score||= 100.0, 23-09-2020, ArticleFromJournal|
|Publication indicators||= 0; : 2018 = 1.272|
|Citation count*||3 (2021-01-24)|
* presented citation count is obtained through Internet information analysis and it is close to the number calculated by the Publish or Perish system.