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UPOU OVCAA Conducts Research Conversation on Food Security of Mothers

Myra Oruga

As part of UP Open University’s (UPOU) continuous effort to address social issues through relevant research works,  the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (OVCAA) organized a Research Conversation  on 23 September 2016 at The Sandbox, CCDL, UPOU Headquarters, Los Baños, Laguna.  

The resource speaker was Asst. Prof. Myra D. Oruga who serves as the Program Chair for Diploma in/Master of International Health under the Faculty of Management and Development Studies (FMDS) and is currently pursuing her PhD in Human Nutrition.  She discussed about the “Assessment of Food Insecurity of Mothers at Bay, Laguna, Philippines”. The research, which she conducted with Ms. Leonisa Artes and Mr. Hen Purwaningsih, highlighted the nutrition status of the mothers in Brgy. Sto. Domingo, Bay, through anthropometric measurement using body mass index (BMI) and the level of food security prevalence using the Radimer/Cornell food insecurity measurement tool.
Results of the study showed that only 27% of the households were food secure and 43% were severely food insecure. Reasons behind the food insecurity condition included environmental factors such as calamities and lack of resources to prepare nutritious food. The research then recommended that focus on mothers’ nutrition should be prioritized since they are the “root” foundation of a healthy family. Asst. Prof. Oruga also mentioned that educating the mothers on how not to be insecure about food and intensifying media campaign on food security should be considered. Furthermore, she reiterated that empowerment programs may also be of big help to lower food insecurity. This can be done by networking with other agencies to help them especially on livelihood concerns.

The research conversation is held during Friday and is open to everyone where there is a venue provided to give a day for focusing on research works and discussing research ideas. (Lovelyn Petrasanta)