An Archaeology of Food Security in Banda, Ghana

Amanda L. Logan*

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Food security is an all-inclusive concept, with a lack of access to sufficient food on one end of the spectrum and access to plentiful, desirable foods on the other. Archaeology's long-term perspective allows us to trace contexts in which food insecurity emerged by investigating the pillars of food security outlined by the World Health Organization (WHO): food availability, access, use, and preference. Using these criteria, I evaluate food security in Banda, Ghana from 1000 to 2009 C.E. by combining ethnographic, archaeological, archaeobotanical, and environmental data. These multiple lines of evidence demonstrate that while changing environmental conditions may have impacted the availability of staple crops during two periods of droughts in the past, a decrease in access to preferred foods occurred only recently in the 1890s.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)106-119
Number of pages14
JournalArcheological Papers of the American Anthropological Association
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 1 2016


  • Africa
  • Food security
  • Paleoethnobotany

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology


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