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Sangeetha Madhavan, African American Studies, Sociology, MPRC

Rural Connectivity, Kinship Support and Food Security in Kenya
When May 07, 2018
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where 1101 Morrill Hall
Contact Name
Contact Phone 301-405-6403
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About the Presentation

Urban food insecurity amongst low income communities in Africa has received increasing attention because of its impact on maternal and child health. Kin based support networks and linkages to rural communities have always served as social safety nets in economically vulnerable populations. In this presentation, I draw on two related datasets from an informal settlement in Nairobi, Kenya to 1) describe what urban food insecurity looks like; 2) analyze the relationship between rural connectivity and household level food insecurity and 3) examine the role of transfers of support amongst kin in mitigating food insecurity. Results suggest strong protective effects of rural connectivity and benefits from different types of transfers among kin.

About the Speaker

Sangeetha Madhavan

Dr. Madhavan is an Associate Professor, African American Studies and Sociology, as well as the Associate Director, Maryland Population Research Center. She is an active population scientist and has been associated with MPRC since 2006. Her research areas correspond with three of the four Center’s PRAs: Gender, Family and Social Change, Health in Social Context and Migration and Immigration Processes. As a family demographer working in South Africa and Kenya, she has made substantial contributions to our understanding of extended family systems, parenting, household dynamics, inter-household connectivity, spatial proximity and child and adolescent well-being. She has considerable experience working with longitudinal datasets from demographic surveillance system data and has also designed qualitative studies on family dynamics. She also works on issues related to aging and social context in rural South Africa. 

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