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Table 1 Association between food security status and socio-economic factors

From: Predictors of food insecurity and coping strategies of women asylum seekers and refugees in Durban, South Africa

Variable Food secure, n =109 (54.5%) Food insecure, n =91 (45.5%)
Number of household members
 1–3 12 (11.0) 9 (9.9)
 4–6 45 (41.3) 37 (40.7)
 7–11 52 (47.7) 45 (49.4)
Current employment status
 Employed 34 (31.2) 39 (42.9)
 Unemployed 75 (68.8) 52 (57.1)
 Education status
 No schooling or up to primary school 9 (8.2) 7 (7.7)
 Standard 8 18 (16.5) 13 (14.3)
 Standard 10 57 (52.3) 41 (45.0)
 College/FET or completed post-school 25 (23.0) 30 (33.0)
Do not have enough money to buy food*
 Always 5 (4.6) 14 (15.4)
 Often 19 (17.4) 19 (20.9)
 Sometimes 81 (74.3) 55 (60.4)
 Seldom or never 4 (3.7) 3 (3.3)
Types of places or shops for purchasing food
 Supermarket 100 (91.7) 81 (89.0)
 Wholesalers 3 (2.8) 2 (2.2)
 Street vendor 2 (1.8) 3 (3.3)
 Informal community shop 4 (3.7) 5 (5.5)
 Variable Food secure, n =72 (%) Food insecure, n =60 (%)
Household monthly income
 500–1000 16 (22.2) 9 (15.0)
 1001–1500 22 (30.6) 16 (26.7)
 1501–2000 12 (16.7) 11 (18.3)
 2001–2500 10 (13.9) 9 (15.0)
 2501– ≥ 3000 12 (16.7) 15 (25.0)
Money spent on food on monthly basis
 100–300 8 (11.1) 6 (10.0)
 301–500 10 (13.9) 8 (13.3)
 501–700 27 (37.5) 18 (30.0)
 701–900 16 (22.2) 15 (25.0)
 901– ≥ 1500 11 (15.3) 13 (21.7)
  1. *p < 0.05