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Analyzing food security using household survey data

This book will be of interest for:

• food security analysis
• as a tool to derive food security indicators
• producing statistics on food security at subnational level
• people who access to food consumption data collected in household surveys
• providing statistics to policy makers
• tracking, in your country, the process to halve the people suffering from hunger by 2015

Since the 1940's, the international community has been focusing on reducing the number and the proportion of people who suffer from hunger. Over time it has become clear that no single indicator provides a comprehensive picture of the food security situation. Rather, a suite of indicators is necessary to describe food insecurity in all its dimensions.

The demand for evidence based policies, which brings together providers such as statistical offices and users of food security indicators including policy makers and researchers, has also been increasing. The stand-alone software ADePT-Food Security Module (available for free download) was developed to produce food security indicators from food consumption data collected in household surveys. These indicators, derived at the national and subnational levels, include the consumption of calories and macronutrients, the availability of micronutrients and amino acids, the distribution of calories and the proportion of people undernourished.

The book focuses on the theory, methodology and analysis of these indicators. It has five chapters beginning with a brief overview on concepts of food security. The theory and methodology are further described in the following chapter. To help users with the interpretation of the results some examples are given in chapter 3. Chapter 4 of the book provides guidelines for the preparation of the input datasets. Finally, chapter 5 explains how to use the software.