Elizabeth Onyango

Summary:

Food security is a serious global problem that negatively impacts physical, mental, and social health with considerable cost to the healthcare system. Worldwide, nearly a third of people do not have access to adequate food, with the most affected being marginalized populations. Female headed households, households with children, migrants, people of color and Indigenous individuals are more likely to experience food insecurity and the associated health effects such as stunting and wasting in children, anemia in women of reproductive age, pregnancy related complications such as low birthweight and reduced chances of exclusive breastfeed. Addressing the challenge of food insecurity requires concerted efforts that look beyond the immediate drivers of food insecurity to also explore the systemic drivers of social and income inequalities. My research addresses these gaps by examining drivers and dimensions of health and food security for women and children in migrant households. My work also extends into intersections of gender-based violence with household food security and the associated health outcomes in women and children.

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March 12, 2024

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