Improving positive food waste behaviors: An egocentric network analysis evaluation of leading women in agricultures advice networks Academic Article uri icon


  • The multidimensionality of COVID-19s consequences on food access and food waste behaviors was not immune to one gender versus another. The role of agricultural women leaders in alleviating food security concerns is not widely understood. An egocentric network analysis was conducted to assess the attributes possessed by social network peers and to discover variables that impact womens food waste behavior. Researchers found that womens advice networks were composed primarily of family or friends, known for more than five years, communicate weekly, can be described as an opinion leader, and share mutual trust. The density of womens networks needs to be researched further to determine a strategic plan to expose women leaders to new information and other social networks. Data indicated womens food waste behavior was influenced by their perceptions of COVID-19 as an opportunity for food waste change, innovation, and reputation enhancement. The need to develop current and future women agricultural leaders to improve food access and food sovereignty within global communities cannot be overstated.

published proceedings

  • Advancements in Agricultural Development

altmetric score

  • 2

author list (cited authors)

  • Palmer, K., Strong, R., Patterson, M., & Elbert, C.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Palmer, Karissa||Strong, Robert||Patterson, Meg||Elbert, Chanda

publication date

  • May 2023