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Measuring Vulnerability to Food Insecurity

  • Pasquale Scaramozzino

    (Università di Roma “Tor Vergata”)

This paper develops a novel approach to the analysis of vulnerability in the context of food security. The proposed methodology incorporates recent developments in the analysis of risk management. It can be applied to estimate the probability that a household or a community might fall below a critical food security threshold at some time in the future. The methodology also aims to identify the risk management strategies which are most effective in reducing the likelihood of the occurrence of food insecurity or the severity of its effects.

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Paper provided by Agricultural and Development Economics Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO - ESA) in its series Working Papers with number 06-12.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: 2006
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Handle: RePEc:fao:wpaper:0612
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