Disaster Resilience to Food Insecurity: An Integrative and Prescriptive Approach

Authors: Laura Rodriguez Amaya*, Texas State University
Topics: Hazards, Risks, and Disasters, food systems, Latin America
Keywords: disaster resilience, food security, Costa Rica, interdisciplinary
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 5:00 PM / 6:40 PM
Room: Committee Room, Omni, West
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The adoption of the resilience concept by food security scholars creates an opportunity for geographers’ intellectual engagement in advancing the research agenda of disaster resilience to food insecurity. Commonalities among the concepts measured, indicators and frameworks used in resilience study by both disciplines are plenty. I first explore the commonalities and complimentary resilience frameworks from the food security and geography disciplines. I argue that emphasis in intrinsically geographic indicators for the study of resilience to food insecurity, position geographers to be active intellectual collaborators in this research agenda. Second, I propose an integrative and prescriptive disaster resilience to food insecurity framework tested through an empirical study in Costa Rica. Finally, I share the results of this study that show that of the thirteen indicators explored, the most influential predictors of resilience to food insecurity were the level of disaster impact and adaptive capacity.

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