In July, Trax field staff began using the World Food Programme Food Consumption Score as a means to assess food security in the communities where we are working.
The Food Consumption Score assesses the diversity of food stuffs eaten during the previous seven days. Using a scoring system this indicates nutrition which functions as a proxy for food security.
High Food Insecurity in Trax Operational Areas
The data collected in two communities in Upper East Region indicate high rates of food insecurity among the farmer group. In Pelungu, Nabdam District, 48.2% of sampled farmers are food insecure, while in Kabusgo, Bongo District, 47.4% are food insecure at the present time. Moreover, the Food Consumption Scores indicated that up to 10.3% of sampled farmers are severely food insecure.
Trax are working in these communities with the mission to increase food security. Through implementation of natural resource management, climate-smart agriculture, and the provision of seeds, among other initiatives, crop yields are increasing in these areas.