International Symposium on
Drylands Ecology and Human Security
Guidelines and Tools for Evaluating Household Food Security in Drylands,
Tarig E. Mahmoud
Gum Arabic Research Centre, University of Kordofan, Sudan
Food security means the ability to maintain the required and adequate food for all people for their activities and health. Food insecurity can be seen at geographical level and household level. North Kordofan State, like most of drought stricken areas in western Sudan, faces a number of complex and interacted problems such as environmental, socio-economical and political problems. Theses problems exhibit themselves in terms of resources degradation, shortage of potable water, lack of services and fluctuation in agricultural output. These deteriorate standard of living and increase poverty level among the population.
Keywords: food insecurity, food availability, accessibility, vulnerability, stability, sustainability