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Rural poverty: The impact of rurality on consumers’ access to food services, using a food poverty risk index

McClelland, Natasha, Furey, Sinead, McKenzie, Paul and Hollywood, Lynsey (2018) Rural poverty: The impact of rurality on consumers’ access to food services, using a food poverty risk index. In: Multi-disciplinary research conference on food and poverty in the UK: Taking stock, moving forward, King's College, London. King's College, London. 1 pp. [Conference contribution]

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Abstract

Background/rationaleNorthern Ireland (NI) has a dispersed population, with 38% of citizens living in rural populations (NISRA, 2015). Geographically dispersed populations induce low levels of consumer demand which in turn yield a number of secondary characteristics including limited service provisions (Connolly et al, 2012), leaving depopulated rural areas with service provision inadequacies (O’Shea, 2009). The issues of food poverty are significant in NI. Approximately, 1/5 of households live in poverty with relative poverty rates showing to be marginally higher in rural areas (Department for Communities, 2017). Given that rural households in NI account for the highest proportion of households with children, pensioners and self-employed, rural dwellers should not be readily disregarded (Department for Communities, 2017).AimThe research aims to map and identify at risk areas that would benefit from a food poverty/food access intervention. It uses an innovative methodology of combining food poverty indicators with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping to create a Food Poverty Risk Index.MethodologyData collection adopts a mixed-methods design integrating both quantitative and qualitative data sources. The target population is rural dwellers within NI. The research will systematically investigate and plot variables to identify and map areas of high deprivation in rural NI. Semi-structured interviews with key stakeholders will investigate and sense check the appropriateness of preliminary mapping. Findings will be targeted to support organisations – retailers; public health stakeholders and government policy officials – of potential pilot sites for targeted interventions.ResultsThe results of the pilot study mapping at-risk areas will be presented.

Item Type:Conference contribution (Paper)
Keywords:Food poverty, food poverty risk index, food access, rural
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Geography and Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Ulster Business School > Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Ulster Business School
Research Institutes and Groups:Business and Management Research Institute
Environmental Sciences Research Institute
Environmental Sciences Research Institute > Human Environments
ID Code:39850
Deposited By: Dr Sinead Furey
Deposited On:09 Apr 2018 09:26
Last Modified:09 Apr 2018 09:26

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