Adaptive capacity and nutritional status of households in Cameroon

Yanick Fredy Mvodo1 , François Colin Nkoa2
1 Ph.D. Student, University of Douala, Postgraduate School for Social and Human Sciences, Douala, Cameroon
2Professor of Economics, University of Yaounde II Soa, Faculty of Economic and Management, Yaounde, Cameroon

Article History
Received: 20 February 2022  Revised: 18 May 2022 Accepted: 23 May 2022 Available Online: 1 June 2022

Keywords: adaptive capacity, nutritional status, resilience, food security.
JEL classification: I12, D13, I31

Citation: Mvodo, Y.F. & Nkoa, F.C. (2022). Adaptive capacity and nutritional status of households in Cameroon, Review of Socio-Economic Perspectives, Vol 7(2), 33-46.

Abstract
To cope with the various shocks that may occur in their lives, households emphasise their adaptive capacity in order to minimise the negative economic consequences they may experience, particularly in terms of food and nutrition security. This behaviour of households is a dimension of their resilience to food insecurity. The objective of this study is therefore to analyse how adaptive capacity promotes the nutritional status of households in Cameroon. Using data from the FSMS 2020 survey and statistical and logistic regression methods, the study reveals that physical and human capital contribute significantly to improving the nutritional status of households in Cameroon. These results therefore call for the strengthening of training and livelihoods to ensure better household nutritional status.

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