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Table 2 Affirmative responses to items on the Household Food Insecurity Access in rural Wolaita area, Ethiopia (N = 473)

From: Performance of an adapted household food insecurity access scale in measuring seasonality in household food insecurity in rural Ethiopia: a cohort analysis

Household Food Insecurity Access Scale (HFIAS) questionsData collection times
June 2017 (Round 1) preSept. 2017 (Round 2) postDec. 2017 (Round 3) postMarch 2018 (Round 4) pre
# (%)# (%)# (%)# (%)
Q1. Worry for food356 (75.3)307 (64.9)286 (60.5)409 (86.5)
Q2. Unable to eat preferred foods314 (66.4)280 (59.2)282 (59.6)367 (77.6)
Q3. Eat a limited variety of foods303 (64.1)252 (53.3)262 (55.4)358 (75.7)a
Q4. Eat foods that you did not want292 (61.7)233 (49.3)298 (63.0)a359 (75.9)a
Q5. Eat a smaller meal279 (59.0)194 (41.0)179 (37.8)a352 (74.4)
Q6. Eat fewer meals in a day230 (48.6)184 (38.9)215 (45.5)a292 (61.7)
Q7. No food to eat of any kind97 (20.5)77 (16.3)119 (25.2)162 (34.2)
Q8. Go to sleep at night hungry48 (10.1)41 (8.7)60 (12.7)101 (21.4)
Q9. Go day and night without eating43 (9.1)28 (5.9)38 (8.0)84 (17.8)
Overall prevalence of household food insecurity (95% CI)71.0 (66.9–75.1)61.1 s (56.7–65.5)78.9 (75.2–82.6)86.3 (83.1–-89.4)
  1. Q1 to Q9 are serial numbers of the items in the scale in order of severity
  2. CI confidence interval, Pre Pre-harvest, post Post-harvest
  3. aItems with deviations in affirmative responses