How Stable are the Pillars of Food Security? Pillars three and four: Food Utilisation and Stability

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9. Small Pelagic Fisheries of Pemba Channel, Tanzania

9.5 How Stable are the Pillars of Food Security? Pillars three and four: Food Utilisation and Stability

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What role does fish play in food utilisation?

Food Utilisation relates to how the food we consume is transformed into nutritional and health benefits. Fish is a known source of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins. In coastal communities where the main activity is fishing, fish becomes an integral part of the food on a typical plate of food.

Measuring Food Utilisation

The basic measure of food utilisation is the consumption of foods both in quality and quantity that is adequate to meet energy and nutrient requirements.

Food Stability and Fisheries

It is interesting to assess capture fisheries within the context of food stability. This food source is not as easily quantified or managed as field crops or fish farms. Changing ocean productivity, over-fishing, and extreme ocean events are just a few of the major stressors impacting fish stock and stability of this food source.

Measuring Food Stability

The FAO indicators of food stability are per capita Food Production Variability and per capita Food Supply Variability.

Stability on a household level would involve analysing fluctuations of food availability and intake in a household over a time period. Within marine food security, fluctuations in fish catch would be one of the main indicators of food stability.

Dr S. Taylor - NOC, Dr N. Jiddawi - IMS, Zanzibar, Tanzania

Further Reading:

Ashley, J. (2016). Food security in the developing world. Amsterdam: Academic Press

Babu, S., Gajanan, S. and Sanyal, P. (2009). Food security, poverty and nutrition policy analysis. London: Academic Press

Béné, C., Macfadyen, G.; Allison, E.H. (2007). Increasing the contribution of small-scale fisheries to poverty alleviation and food security. FAO Fisheries Technical Paper. No. 481. Rome, FAO. 125p

Allison, E. H. (2011). Aquaculture, fisheries, poverty and food security. Working Paper 2011–65. Penang: WorldFish Center

Hentschel, J., Lanjouw, J. O., Lamjouw, P. and Poggi, J. (2000). Combining census and survey data to trace spatial dimensions of poverty: a case study of Ecuador. World bank review, 14(1), 147 – 165

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