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Prevalence and Correlates of Food Insecurity among Children across the Globe


  • Audrey Pereira
  • Sudhanshu Handa
  • Goran Holmqvist


Target 2.1 of the Sustainable Development Goals calls for an end to hunger, in all its forms, by 2030. Measuring food security among children under age 5, who represent a quarter of the world’s population, remains a challenge that is largely unfeasible for current global monitoring systems. The SDG framework has agreed to use the Food Insecurity Experience Scale (FIES) to measure moderate and severe food insecurity. The FIES is an experience-based metric that reports food-related behaviours on the inability to access food due to resource constraints. We present the first global estimates of the share and number of children below age 15, who live with a respondent who is food insecure.

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  • Audrey Pereira & Sudhanshu Handa & Goran Holmqvist, 2017. "Prevalence and Correlates of Food Insecurity among Children across the Globe," Papers inwopa900, Innocenti Working Papers.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucf:inwopa:inwopa900

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    1. Howard, Larry L., 2011. "Does food insecurity at home affect non-cognitive performance at school? A longitudinal analysis of elementary student classroom behavior," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 30(1), pages 157-176, February.
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