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Improving the measurement of food security:

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  • Headey, Derek D.
  • Ecker, Olivier

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Although food security measurement has been substantially expanded in recent decades, there persists significant dissatisfaction with existing measurement systems, especially in the wake of the global food and financial crisis. In this paper we first set out a list of criteria that an ideal food security measurement system should satisfy. We then benchmark existing indicators and measurement systems against those criteria as a means of systematically identifying their relative strengths and weaknesses. Our concluding section outlines possible steps for improving food security measurement through a mixture of extension, coordination, and innovation.

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  • Headey, Derek D. & Ecker, Olivier, 2012. "Improving the measurement of food security:," IFPRI discussion papers 1225, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
  • Handle: RePEc:fpr:ifprid:1225
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    food security; Nutrition security; food crises; food crisis; Shocks; climatic shocks; measurement; climatic shocks; economic growth;

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