Measuring food insecurity: the frequency and severity of “coping strategies”

Maxwell, D.G. (1996) Measuring food insecurity: the frequency and severity of “coping strategies”. Food Policy, 21 (3). pp. 291-303.

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Defining and interpreting food security, and measuring it in reliable, valid and cost-effective ways have proven to be stubborn problems facing researchers and programs intended to monitor food security risks. This paper briefly reviews the conceptual and methodological literature on food insecurity measurment, describes a particular method for distinguishing and measuring short-term food insecurity at the household level, and discusses ways of generalizing the method. The method developed enumerates the frequency and severity of strategies relied on by urban households when faced with a short-term insufficiency of food. This method goes beyond more commonly-used measures of caloric consumption to incorporate vulnerability elements of food insecurity as well as the deliberate actions of household decision-makers when faced with food insufficiency

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: food insecurity; coping strategies; indicators; vulnerability
Author Affiliation: Food Consumption and Nutrition Division, International Food Policy Research Institute, 1200 Seventeenth Street NW, Washington, DC 20036-3006, USA
Subjects: Postharvest Management
Divisions: General
Depositing User: Mr B Krishnamurthy
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2013 09:11
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2013 09:11
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