Агропродовольственная экономика

Understanding poverty and food insecurity at the household level

Год: 2022
Автор: FAO

FAO Agricultural Development Economics Policy Brief, No. 59.

This policy brief introduces a working paper conducted by FAO that sheds light on the household-level relationship between poverty and food insecurity in various countries of sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. The paper finds a solid correlation between household poverty and food insecurity in all the examined countries, meaning that poor households are significantly more likely to be food insecure. However, the extent to which poverty and food insecurity overlap varies across countries and can be limited in some instances. The overlap strongly depends on the poverty lines used and it is much greater with international poverty lines (instead of national lines). It can also vary substantially within countries, with urban areas showing a greater overlap between the two deprivations than rural areas. Therefore, the working paper findings warn against superficial targeting approaches. Furthermore, the study found that in most of the examined countries, poorer households engaged in wage labour are penalized in terms of food security, suggesting potential lower-quality of wage jobs available to them.

The findings of this brief have been adapted from the FAO Agricultural Development Economics Working Paper 22-14 Food insecurity and poverty – A cross-country analysis using national household survey data.

Регион: Global
ISBN: 978-92-5-137221-0
ISSN: 2520-6540 (online) / ISSN 2520-6532 (print)