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Assessing the cross-sectional and inter-temporal validity of the Household Food Insecurity Access Scale (HFIAS) in Burundi

Sam Desiere (UGent) , Marijke D'Haese (UGent) and Sanctus Niragira (UGent)
(2015) PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION. 18(15). p.2775-2785
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Objective: To examine the cross-sectional and inter-temporal validity of the Household Food Insecurity Access Scale (HFIAS) for rural households in Burundi. Design: Longitudinal survey about food security and agricultural production, individually administered by trained interviewers in June 2007 and 2012.SettingNgozi, north of Burundi. Subjects: Three hundred and fourteen household heads were interviewed. Results: Tobit models showed that the HFIAS was significantly correlated with objective measures of food security, in this case total annual food production (P<001), livestock keeping (P<001) and coffee production (P<001) in both 2007 and 2012. This confirms that the HFIAS is cross-sectionally valid and corroborates the findings of previous studies. However, while total food production decreased by more than 25 % in terms of energy between 2007 and 2012, households reported an improvement in their perceived food security over the same period, with the HFIAS decreasing from 139 to 108 (P<0001). This finding questions the inter-temporal validity of the HFIAS. It may be partly explained through response shifts, in which households assess their own food security status in comparison to that of their peers. Conclusions: The evidence from our study suggests that the HFIAS is cross-sectionally valid, but may not be inter-temporally valid, and should not be used as a single indicator to study temporal trends in food security.
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PRICE CRISIS, ETHIOPIA, DIETARY DIVERSITY, SECURITY, VALIDATION, Burundi, Inter-temporal validity, Food security, HFIAS, AFRICA

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Desiere, Sam, Marijke D’Haese, and Sanctus Niragira. “Assessing the Cross-sectional and Inter-temporal Validity of the Household Food Insecurity Access Scale (HFIAS) in Burundi.” PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION 18.15 (2015): 2775–2785. Print.
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Desiere, S., D’Haese, M., & Niragira, S. (2015). Assessing the cross-sectional and inter-temporal validity of the Household Food Insecurity Access Scale (HFIAS) in Burundi. PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION, 18(15), 2775–2785.
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Desiere, Sam, Marijke D’Haese, and Sanctus Niragira. 2015. “Assessing the Cross-sectional and Inter-temporal Validity of the Household Food Insecurity Access Scale (HFIAS) in Burundi.” Public Health Nutrition 18 (15): 2775–2785.
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Desiere, Sam, Marijke D’Haese, and Sanctus Niragira. 2015. “Assessing the Cross-sectional and Inter-temporal Validity of the Household Food Insecurity Access Scale (HFIAS) in Burundi.” Public Health Nutrition 18 (15): 2775–2785.
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Desiere S, D’Haese M, Niragira S. Assessing the cross-sectional and inter-temporal validity of the Household Food Insecurity Access Scale (HFIAS) in Burundi. PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION. 2015;18(15):2775–85.
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[1]
S. Desiere, M. D’Haese, and S. Niragira, “Assessing the cross-sectional and inter-temporal validity of the Household Food Insecurity Access Scale (HFIAS) in Burundi,” PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION, vol. 18, no. 15, pp. 2775–2785, 2015.
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Design: Longitudinal survey about food security and agricultural production, individually administered by trained interviewers in June 2007 and 2012.SettingNgozi, north of Burundi.
Subjects: Three hundred and fourteen household heads were interviewed.
Results: Tobit models showed that the HFIAS was significantly correlated with objective measures of food security, in this case total annual food production (P<001), livestock keeping (P<001) and coffee production (P<001) in both 2007 and 2012. This confirms that the HFIAS is cross-sectionally valid and corroborates the findings of previous studies. However, while total food production decreased by more than 25 % in terms of energy between 2007 and 2012, households reported an improvement in their perceived food security over the same period, with the HFIAS decreasing from 139 to 108 (P<0001). This finding questions the inter-temporal validity of the HFIAS. It may be partly explained through response shifts, in which households assess their own food security status in comparison to that of their peers.
Conclusions: The evidence from our study suggests that the HFIAS is cross-sectionally valid, but may not be inter-temporally valid, and should not be used as a single indicator to study temporal trends in food security.},
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  journal      = {PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION},
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  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1368980015000403},
  volume       = {18},
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