Impact of social networks on food security among formerly displaced households in Lira, northern Uganda

We examine the influence of social networks on resource access and food security in post-conflict Lira, northern Uganda. Based on an on-going food security recovery project targeting formerly displaced households, preliminary results of interviews with participating households show that households with larger and more diverse networks have greater access to resources. Furthermore, such households tend to produce, market and create more assets and as a result are relatively less food insecure than those with smaller and less diverse networks. A focus on social networks is vital for fostering sustainable solutions, especially in communities emerging from protracted conflicts.
Nous examinons l’influence des réseaux sociaux sur l’accès aux ressources et la sécurité alimentaire dans la région postconflictuelle de Lira, au nord de l’Ouganda. Basés sur un projet de récupération de la sécurité alimentaire en cours, ciblant les anciens ménages déplacés, les résultats préliminaires d’interviews avec des ménages y participant montrent que les ménages avec des réseaux plus vastes et plus divers ont un meilleur accès aux ressources. En outre, les ménages ont tendance à produire, à commercialiser et à créer plus d’actifs et par conséquent sont relativement dans l’insécurité alimentaire moins que ceux avec des réseaux plus petits et moins divers. L’accent mis sur les réseaux sociaux est essentiel pour favoriser des solutions durables, en particulier dans les communautés sortant de conflits prolongés.
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"The 2010 RUFORUM Biennial Conference was the second in the series. The main objective of the Biennial conferences is to provide a platform for agricultural research for development stakeholders in Africa and beyond to actively exchange findings and experiences, while at the same time learning lessons towards improving performance of the agricultural sector and ultimately people’s livelihoods. The biennial conference is RUFORUM’s most comprehensive meeting for the diversity of stakeholers in agriculture. It is especially dedicated to graduate students and their supervisors, grantees in RUFORUM member universities and alumni. It is a platform for peer review, quality control, mentorship, networking and shared learning. This record contains an extended abstract accepted under the theme socio-economics".