The Nature and extent of food poverty/ insecurity in Scotland

The nature and extent of food poverty / insecurity in Scotland

Using existing sources of information to develop further the evidence base in relation to the experience of food poverty among particular vulnerable groups of the population (not covered by other studies) e.g. older people, people in rural and remote rural areas, those facing destitution. Consider ways in which community food initiatives are currently responding to this situation and what they could or might do to mitigate it.

Outcome and Translation

This research has identified key recommendations that require policy, practitioner and research attention, including more research and information about household food insecurity (HFI), coming from the care sector itself. Medium- to longer-term policy interventions are recommended that address the root/basic causes of poverty, e.g. to generate/increase income sufficiency and bring more certainty of income to more households in Scotland is fundamentally required to address HFI in this country. There needs to be better understanding of the impact of short- and longer-term HFI on health, including the relationship with obesity and malnutrition (which can co-exist).

 

HERU researchers involved in this research project: Lynda McKenzie, Anne Ludbrook and Ourega-Zoé Ejebu

External collaborators: F Douglas (University of Aberdeen Rowett Institute)

Publications

Douglas, F., Ejebu, O., Garcia, A., MacKenzie, F., Whybrow, S., McKenzie, L., Ludbrook, A. and Dowler, E. (2015) The nature and extent of food poverty. NHS Health Scotland. [pdf]

Douglas, F., MacKenzie, F., Ejebu, O., Whybrow, S., Garcia, A.L., McKenzie, L., Ludbrook, A. and Dowler, E. (2018) 'A lot of people are struggling privately. They don’t know where to go or they’re not sure of what to do: frontline service provider perspectives of the nature of household food insecurity in Scotland', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15(12), 2738.

Ejebu, O., Whybrow, S., McKenzie, L., Dowler, E., Garcia, A.L., Ludbrook, A., Barton, K.L., Wrieden, W.L. and Douglas, F. (2019) 'What can secondary data tell us about household food insecurity in a high-income country context?', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(1), 82.

Presentations

Douglas, F., Ejebu, O, Garcia, A. L., Whybrow, S., McKenzie, L., MacKenzie, F., Ludbrook, A. and Dowler, E. (2015) 'The nature and extent of food poverty/insecurity in Scotland: a preliminary study', British Sociological Association (BSA) Food Study Group – Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI). Food, Poverty and Policy: Evidence Base and Knowledge Gap, University of Sheffield, 30 June 2015.

Ejebu, O., Douglas, F., Garcia, A., MacKenzie, F., Whybrow, S., McKenzie, L., Ludbrook, A. and Dowler, E. (2015) 'The nature and extent of food poverty/insecurity in Scotland: preliminary results', 12th Federation of European Nutrition Societies (FENS) Congress, Berlin, Germany, 20-23 October 2015.

Ejebu, O., Douglas, F., Garcia, A., MacKenzie, F., Whybrow, S., McKenzie, L., Ludbrook, A. and Dowler, E. (2015) 'Food poverty in Scotland: a preliminary study of prevalence and nature using secondary data', Faculty of Public Health, Scottish Conference: Securing Scotland's Health, Peebles Hydro, Peebles, 5-6 November 2015.

Douglas, F., Ejebu, O., Garcia, A., MacKenzie, F., Whybrow, S., McKenzie, L., Ludbrook, A. and Dowler, E. (2015) 'Looking beyond food banks: a qualitative study of food poverty in Scotland', Faculty of Public Health, Scottish Conference: Securing Scotland's Health, Peebles Hydro, Peebles, 5-6 November 2015.