Urban livelihoods and food and nutrition security

in the Greater Accra, Ghana

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), World Health Organization (WHO)

Publication details

Number of pages: 172
Publication date: 2000
Languages: English



Accra offers a compelling case study of the contemporary impact of urban life on the livelihoods, food security, and nutritional status of its people. The Accra Urban Food and Nutrition Study was a collaborative effort between IFPRI, the Noguchi Institute of Medical Research, and the World Health Organization to assess the nature of urban poverty and the relationship between urban poverty and food insecurity or malnutrition in Accra, Ghana, in 1996-97.

By exploring the major determinants of food security and nutrition status, the study develops indicators of food and livelihood security that are appropriate for an urban setting. The study consists of participatory community studies, household case studies, a household survey carried out in 19 areas of Greater Accra Metropolitan Area, and follow-up interviews and focus groups.