Social Indicators Research

, Volume 129, Issue 2, pp 527–549 | Cite as

Food Access and Shocks in Rural Households: Evidence from Bangladesh and Ethiopia

  • Jackeline Velazco
  • Ramon Ballester


Rural households in developing countries face shocks that undermine their wellbeing. The paper analyses to what extent household exposure to shocks influences food access in rural areas of Bangladesh and Ethiopia. Shortage of staple foods is used as a proxy variable for food access. Climatic, agricultural production, health and other shocks were considered. Findings show that the persistence of shock consequences has a positive and significant impact on the household’s probability of facing staple shortage. Additionally, wealth indicators like land size, livestock, assets, human capital and community and social networks exhibit a negative relationship with the likelihood of food shortage.


Food access Shocks Rural households Bangladesh Ethiopia 



The access to the Resources and Needs data set (RANQ), from the ESRC Research Group on Wellbeing in Developing Countries (WED)-Bath University, is gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsPontificia Universidad Católica del PerúLimaPeru
  2. 2.Department of EconomicsUniversity of GironaGironaSpain

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