Issues relating to food availability, accessibility, affordability, and utilization remain of paramount importance
among rural households. In order to formulate or implement relevant food security programs in rural areas, it is essential to have a deep understanding of the food security status of rural households. This study sought to determine the prevalence of food insecurity among rural households in the Eastern Cape Province, as well as its key socioeconomic and demographic factors. A cross-sectional study was carried out on 240 households using questionnaires about food security. A convenience sampling method was used to collect data, along with
a structured questionnaire. Descriptive statistics and binary logistic regression were used to analyze the data. The binary logistic regression model revealed that age of household head, education level of household head, access to credit, household income, and household size were all associated with food security status. Thus, this study recommends that the government at all levels (local, state, and federal) have an adequate
budget allocated to increasing awareness of the benefits of participating in farming to improve the livelihood outcomes of households


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Minentle Lwando Mnukwa
University of Fort Hare, South Africa  South Africa
Yanga Nontu 
2Discipline of Agricultural Economics, School of Agriculture, Earth and Environmental Science, University of KwaZulu-Natal,  South Africa
Lelethu Mdoda 
University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa  South Africa
Machael Aliber, Professor 
University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa  South Africa

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