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841 Million Undernourished? On the Tirany of Deriving a Number

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  • Svedberg, P.

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The FAO provides estimates of the prevalence of undernutrition which are claimed to be comparable over countries and time. In this paper, it is demonstrated that the FAO estimated are unreliable indicators of the scope of the undernutrition problem, that they erroneoulsy fins chronic undernutrition to be most prevalent in Africa, and that they tend to direct policy in the wrong direction.

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  • Svedberg, P., 1998. "841 Million Undernourished? On the Tirany of Deriving a Number," Papers 656, Stockholm - International Economic Studies.
  • Handle: RePEc:fth:stocin:656
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    1. Zoltan Tiba, 2002. "Food aid for food security - trends and changes in the 1990s," IWE Working Papers 133, Institute for World Economics - Centre for Economic and Regional Studies- Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

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    Keywords

    AFRICA ; UNDERNUTRITION ; MEASURING INSTRUMENTS;

    JEL classification:

    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
    • O19 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - International Linkages to Development; Role of International Organizations
    • Q11 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Aggregate Supply and Demand Analysis; Prices

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