Simeon, Donald T.; Patterson, A. Wynante
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Tropical Metabolism Research Unit
Use of food expenditure data to estimate household nutrient accessibility
West Indian Medical Journal
Date of Publication
Analyses the data from the national survey of 3861 households conducted by Statistical and Planning Institutes of Jamaica in 1989 to monitor food accessibility in at-risk groups. Using the food expenditure data, per capita energy and protein accessibility levels were determined. The mean energy and protein accessibility levels for the sample were 2170 Cals and 64 g, respectively. The results showed that the per capita accessibility levels of 20 percent and 9 percent of the households were less than half of requirments for energy and protein, respectively. The situation was worse in rural areas than in urban centres. However, the accessibility levels may have been underestimated as the data did not include meals bought and consumed away from the home, which may be significant to some households. Suggests that the use of data from these surveys is a cost-effective way to monitor nutrient accessibility in Jamaica.....