Food insecurity, the lack of access at all times to the food needed for an active and healthy life, continues to be a growing problem as populations increase while the world economy struggles. Formulating effective policies for addressing these issues requires thorough understanding of the empirical data and application of appropriate measurement and analysis of that information.
Food Security, Poverty and Nutrition Policy Analysis, 2nd edition has been revised and updated to include hands-on examples and real-world case studies using the latest datasets, tools and methods. Providing a proven framework for developing applied policy analysis skills, this book is based on over 30 years of food and nutrition policy research at the International Food Policy Research Institute and has been used worldwide to impart the combined skills of statistical data analysis, computer literacy and their use in developing policy alternatives.This book provides core information in a format that provides not only the concept behind the method, but real-world applications giving the reader valuable, practical knowledge.
- Updated to address the latest datasets and tools, including STATA software, the future of policy analysis
- Includes a new chapter on program evaluation taking the reader from data analysis to policy development to post-implementation measurement
- Identifies the proper analysis method, its application to available data and its importance in policy development using real-world scenarios
- Over 30% new content and fully revised throughout
Preface to the Second Edition
I: Food Security Policy Analysis
Section I: Food Security Policy Analysis
Why Study Food Security Policy Analysis?
1: Introduction to Food Security: Concepts and Measurement
Conceptual Framework of Food Security
Food Security in the Developed World
Other Policy Issues in the US
Food Security Concerns in Other Countries
Measurement of the Determinants of Food Security
Stability of Availability
A Natural Question is Why is Measuring Food Insecurity Important for Better Program Design in Developing Countries?
2: Implications of Technological Change, Post-Harvest Technology, and Technology Adoption for Improved Food Security—Application of t-Statistic
Review of Selected Studies
Food Security Issues and Technology in the United States
Biofuels—The Chinese Experience
US Farm Policy and Food Security—Background and Current Issues
GEO-5 and Coping Mechanisms for the Future
Empirical Analysis—A Basic Univariate Approach
Data Description and Analysis
Two Measures of Household Food Security are Computed:
Student’s t-test for Testing the Equality of Means
Using Stata for t-tests
3: Effects of Commercialization of Agriculture (Shift from Traditional Crop to Cash Crop) on Food Consumption and Nutrition—Application of Chi-Square Statistic
A Few Concepts
Review of Selected Studies
Organic Farms and Commercialization in t