Climate Change and Peri-Urban Household Food Security—Lessons from West Taraka, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea

  • Zina Bird
  • Linda YuenEmail author
Part of the Climate Change Management book series (CCM)


Climate change has become a major concern towards the stability of global food production due to long and short-term climate related events. This paper will incorporate climate data to build on the existing data on the status of household food and nutrition security in one of Lae’s peri-urban settlement, West Taraka in Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea. Two data sets were collected: household dietary patterns and changes in food production, and socio-economic characteristics, using stratified purposive sampling for selected fifty-eight (58) households in June 2016 through household survey and informal interviews (mixed method). Results show no statistical relationships between socio-economic characteristics of the households and their Household Dietary Diversity Score and Food Consumption Score. However, a significant inverse relationship at 95% probability exists between the numbers of household members in school with the Household Food Consumption Score. This study also found a significant positive relationship at 99% level probability between household income and Food Consumption Score signaling that income was the main determinant of household food and nutritional security.


Climate change Food security Household Food Consumption Score  Household Dietary Diversity Score Papua New Guinea Agriculture Urbanisation 


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  1. 1.Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (PaCE-SD)The University of the South PacificSuvaFiji

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