Food security in rural Uganda: assessing latent effects of microfinance on pre-participation

John Meador*, Andrew Fritz

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Abstract

This article assesses the effects of microfinance on food security, using data from a group of Ugandan women from two rural villages: Bulike and Kaliro. Approximately 130 in-person questionnaires were completed over the summer of 2013. Statistical modelling techniques are used to shed light on the variability of access to food and additional income. Specifically, researchers identify latent effects of MFO participation-based literature and test these constructs using survey data collected from women who are about to begin participation in an MFO. Results provide evidence that a structural linkage exists between women’s social capital, empowerment, and collective action and access to additional income.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)340-353
Number of pages14
JournalDevelopment in Practice
Volume27
Issue number3
Early online date26 Apr 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPrint publication - 2017

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Keywords

  • Environment
  • Labour and livelihoods
  • Sub-Saharan Africa

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In: Development in Practice, Vol. 27, No. 3, 2017, p. 340-353.

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