Household and Community Research

The household and community-level research in Work Package 5 will be based upon the collection of detailed information on diet, nutritional outcomes and the many variables affecting such outcomes at household and individual level. This will involve the collection of both quantitative and qualitative data on the same issues and households through a range of instruments including a household survey, focus group discussions, in-depth interviews with key informants, in-depth investigation of nutritional status of women and infants in a sub-set of households and insights from field observations. The household survey will be conducted twice over a 12-month period, capturing both the pre and post-harvest seasons, with the same respondents.

Analysis of the survey data will identify how current food systems impact on nutritional status using a range of quantitative and qualitative methods. These will be compared to assess the correlation between different measures and the development of recommended combinations of indicators.

This Work Package is led by UCC, Haramaya and Mekelle Universities in Ethiopia and UCD, Sokoine and St Augustine’s Universities in Tanzania, with key inputs from the PhD researchers and co-supervisors in each country.

A more detailed description of the methodology to be used in this work package can be found in the Methodology Guidelines Working Paper below.