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Food Diaries to Measure Food Access: A Case Study from Rural Cuba

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This article aims to make a contribution to current debates in the literature on food access by describing a mixed-methods approach to study the access to food in one rural community in Cuba. Each of the forty households in our study was asked to complete a detailed food diary in which they indicated what they ate and where they acquired each of the ingredients that they used for a full week. Although in Cuba the state plays a central role in organizing the distribution of food items, this method revealed a much more complex web of rural food access. By addressing alternative networks of food access and informal social relations, we aim to show how the use of food diaries, in combination with qualitative data from interviews and participant observation, can provide detailed insights in the complex processes and networks of food access.
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Keywords: Cuba; acceso a los alimentos; diarios alimentarios; food access; food diaries; mixed methods; métodos mixtos

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: KU Leuven, 2: Christopher Newport University,

Publication date: January 2, 2017

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