Food, Diversity, Vulnerability and Social Change: Research by Anke Niehof

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Another problem was that it was difficult to interview Baduy women, so most respondents were men (husbands). Measuring nutritional status was not easy either, because some respondents refused to have their height and weight measurements taken. Nevertheless, the findings of the research team deserve a closer look. According to the account of the research team, the culture of the Baduy community can be characterized by three main features: first, the difference between Inner and Outer Baduy; second, the primacy of preserving and respecting nature; and third, the egalitarian ideology.

The study also pays attention to gender roles and relations among the Baduy. , 2009). Food, diversity, vulnerability and social change  51 2. Diversity of food systems and foods People belong to the Inner Baduy by birth and marriage. Since they are the guardians of Baduy tradition and spirituality, they have to abide by stricter rules than the Outer Baduy. The rules not only pertain to the spiritual domain but also to daily life. Inner Baduy are not allowed to use artificial materials and equipment like the hoe and the plough in agriculture, for example.

Livelihood type emerged as a significant variable in the nutritional status of children under five. , 2009). With regard to food consumption and nutritional status of children, differences could be observed between households with horticulturebased livelihoods and those with rice-cultivation-based livelihoods. , 2009: 43). The authors do not provide an explanation for the lower income of the horticulturalist households. With access to well-functioning markets, theoretically cultivating vegetables should be more profitable than growing rice.

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