Household Food Security as a Complex System—Contributions to the Social Sciences from the Cuban Perspective during a Pandemic

  1. Domínguez Ruiz, Yinet 2
  2. Soler Nariño, Osmanys 2
  3. Jurado Almonte, José Manuel 1
  4. Márquez Domínguez, Juan Antonio 1
  1. 1 Universidad de Huelva

    Universidad de Huelva

    Huelva, España


  2. 2 Universidad de Oriente - Santiago de Cuba

    Universidad de Oriente - Santiago de Cuba

    Santiago de Cuba, Cuba



ISSN: 2071-1050

Argitalpen urtea: 2022

Alea: 14

Zenbakia: 18

Mota: Artikulua

DOI: 10.3390/SU141811783 SCOPUS: 2-s2.0-85138852198 GOOGLE SCHOLAR lock_openSarbide irekia editor

Beste argitalpen batzuk: Sustainability


The food crisis caused by the rise in grocery prices affects many countries. Added to this complex panorama is the current health situation generated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Its impact on the productive sector will be detrimental to many household incomes and food practices. The social sciences need to adopt a complex understanding of household food security (HFS) as a dynamic process of building collective nutritional knowledge and eating habits. In the case of Cuba, the burden on the agrifood system is the result of external and internal factors that affect household food sustainability. This paper, therefore, seeks to assess the social construction of HFS as a complex system in the current pandemic scenario using the municipality of Santiago de Cuba as a case study. Qualitative and quantitative methods were used. The main results obtained focus on the role played by women in food use and distribution, and the effect of food vulnerability on HFS. These results provide an analytical model for the study of the new and diverse household-food-security configurations that are emerging.

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This publication was made with the financing and support of the CIPHCN.


  • CIPHCN Spain