Political ecology of food security and nutrition in the municipality of Jesus de Otoro, Honduras

dc.contributor.advisorFinnis, Elizabeth
dc.contributor.advisorSally, Humphries
dc.contributor.authorIvanoff, Rebecca F.
dc.date.accessioned2012-05-18T18:04:42Z
dc.date.available2012-05-18T18:04:42Z
dc.date.copyright2012-05
dc.date.created2012-05-16
dc.date.issued2012-05-18
dc.degree.departmentDepartment of Sociology and Anthropologyen_US
dc.degree.grantorUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.degree.nameMaster of Artsen_US
dc.degree.programmePublic Issues Anthropologyen_US
dc.description.abstractThis study addresses food security in three communities in rural, central Honduras by looking at the interrelationships among nutritious food, environmental and political forces, and cultural behaviours through the collection and analysis of local knowledge and laboratory data. Evaluation of ethnographic research were combined with analysis of policy documents and the nutritional analysis of ninety local varieties of corn. Research showed how households in three rural communities in the mountains of Honduras, struggle to access sufficient, safe and nutritious food while respecting cultural and agricultural diversity. Policies to address food security need to not only address the diversity of environmental niches, and a history of disenfranchisement of most rural farmers from the political process, but also the cultural ideals that impact definitions of hunger and nutrition. Analysis of 90 varieties of local landraces show that coloured varieties of maize have higher nutritional value for protein, anthocyanin, and vitamin A content.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipSocial Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
dc.description.sponsorshipOntario Graduate Scholarship
dc.description.sponsorshipCIDA's CGIAR-Canada Linkage Fund (CCLF)
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10214/3668
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada*
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.5/ca/*
dc.subjectHondurasen_US
dc.subjectpolitical ecologyen_US
dc.subjectnutritionen_US
dc.subjectmaizeen_US
dc.subjectcornen_US
dc.subjectdietary diversityen_US
dc.subjectcultural preferencesen_US
dc.subjectfood securityen_US
dc.subjectfood sovereigntyen_US
dc.subjectJesus de Otoroen_US
dc.subjectlandraceen_US
dc.subjectsuperfooden_US
dc.titlePolitical ecology of food security and nutrition in the municipality of Jesus de Otoro, Hondurasen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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