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Social Network Analysis for Terrotorial Assessment and Mapping of Food Security and Nutrition Systems (FSNS)

A Methodological Approach

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Evidence shows that food insecurity, poverty and geographic disparities in developing countries are strongly correlated. The proposed methodology aims to capture the spatial dimension of food insecurity, shed light on how food systems work and understand what determines food security and nutrition levels in a given space and time. It proposes an analytical framework to conduct a comprehensive, participatory and integrated assessment of Food Security and Nutrition Systems (FSNS) patterns focusing on three broad categories of exchanges determining food landscapes (i.e., mobility of people, goods, and services) and on the interplay between the actors involved in these exchanges, including their (in)formal institutions and networks.

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Conclusions

The underpinning assumption of the proposed application of Social network analysis (SNA) to Food Security and Nutrition Systems (FSNS) is that the performance of a food system in terms of inclusiveness and healthy diets depends on the collective behaviour of individuals. SNA reveals some fundamental insights about the influence that individual actors’ behaviour (e.g., processors) have on the patterns and properties of the networks (e.g., food systems networks) and vice versa about the influence of networks structures on individual behaviour. By investigating into the multiple relationship patterns between socio-economic actors and the physical space within which actors operate, it also helps to understand the circumstances that affect actors’ behaviours. Moreover, compared to other analytical tools SNA has the capacity to

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