Perceptions and practices: The effects of food festivals and funerals on household food security in the Bongo district of Ghana
This thesis is an investigation of the effects of food festivals and funerals on household food security in the Bongo District of Ghana. A blend of qualitative and quantitative methods was used for data collection and analysis. The findings showed that, though it may difficult to ascribe quantifiable values to food and expenditure on festivals and funerals, using local measuring scales and proxies' reliable values can be obtained. Based on this, the study revealed that food festivals and funerals have a significant impact on household food security as it reduces household available food stocks and decline in income to obtain food thus exacerbating the hunger period of most households. It recommended the cultural dimension of household food security should go beyond acceptability to embrace other facets of culture that undermine household's food security to form part of the interventions.