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Journal of Food Security. 2014, 2(3), 87-91
DOI: 10.12691/jfs-2-3-3
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Assessing the Impact of Consumer Behaviour on Food Security in South West Cameroon

Mukete Beckline1, and Monono Samuel Kato2

1Department of Forest Management, Beijing Forestry University 35 Qinghua Dong Lu, Haidian District Beijing, China

2Community Service for Environmental Protection (COSEP), Cameroon; P. O. Box 76 Tiko, South West Region, Cameroon

Pub. Date: November 27, 2014

Cite this paper:
Mukete Beckline and Monono Samuel Kato. Assessing the Impact of Consumer Behaviour on Food Security in South West Cameroon. Journal of Food Security. 2014; 2(3):87-91. doi: 10.12691/jfs-2-3-3

Abstract

Food security is a major global issue with over a billion people believed to lack sufficient dietary energy access while others suffer from micronutrient deficiencies. Estimating food insecurity prevalence and patterns is tenuous since there exist no known direct methodology. This paper explores the factors that influence consumer food preferences hence exposing them to food insecurity. It draws on primary oral field data, livelihood surveys and documented socioeconomic activities that combine to create a range of different household livelihood outcomes. Over 400 respondents in six localities of Buea district, Cameroon were interviewed and cultural background, seasonal changes (variation), gender and purchasing power were strong factors driving consumer food preferences hence exposing them to food insecurity.

Keywords:
food insecurity consumer behaviour Buea purchasing power socio-economics and foodstuff

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