Food Security, Poverty and Nutrition Policy Analysis

2nd Edition

Statistical Methods and Applications

Authors: Suresh Babu Shailendra N. Gajanan Prabuddha Sanyal
Hardcover ISBN: 9780124058644
eBook ISBN: 9780124059092
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 25th February 2014
Page Count: 648
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Description

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.

Key Features

  • 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

Readership

Food scientists and nutritionists, consultants, professionals and advanced students involved in the development and implementation of successful policies and programs for addressing the concerns of adequate food supply to the world.

Table of Contents

Dedication

Preface to the Second Edition

Introduction

I: Food Security Policy Analysis

Section I: Food Security Policy Analysis

Introduction

Why Study Food Security Policy Analysis?

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

1: Introduction to Food Security: Concepts and Measurement

Introduction

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

Food Availability

Food Utilization

Stability of Availability

Conclusions

A Natural Question is Why is Measuring Food Insecurity Important for Better Program Design in Developing Countries?

Exercises

2: Implications of Technological Change, Post-Harvest Technology, and Technology Adoption for Improved Food Security—Application of t-Statistic

Introduction

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

Policy Implications

Technical Appendices

Using Stata for t-tests

Exercises

Problem

3: Effects of Commercialization of Agriculture (Shift from Traditional Crop to Cash Crop) on Food Consumption and Nutrition—Application of Chi-Square Statistic

Introduction

A Few Concepts

Review of Selected Studies

Organic Farms and Commercialization in t

Details

No. of pages:
648
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Academic Press 2014
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
eBook ISBN:
9780124059092
Hardcover ISBN:
9780124058644
Paperback ISBN:
9780128100660

About the Author

Suresh Babu

Suresh C Babu is a Senior Research Fellow and Head of Capacity Strengthening at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington D.C. Before joining IFPRI in 1992 as a Research Fellow, Dr. Babu was a Research Economist at the Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. Between 1989 and 1994 he spent 5 years in Malawi, Southern Africa on various capacities. He was Senior Food Policy Advisor to the Malawi Ministry of Agriculture on developing a national level Food and Nutrition Information System; an Evaluation Economist for the UNICEF-Malawi working on designing food and nutrition intervention programs; Coordinator of UNICEF/IFPRI food security program in Malawi; and a Senior Lecturer at the Bunda College of Agriculture, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANR). He has been coordinator of IFPRI’s South Asia Initiative and Central Asia Program. His past research covers a range of developmental issues including nutrition economics and policy, economics of soil fertility, famine prevention, market integration, migration, pesticide pollution, groundwater depletion, and gender bias in development. He has published more than 18 books and monographs and 80 peer reviewed journal papers. He has been on the advisory board of World Agricultural Forum and a Coordinating Lead Author of Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. He currently conducts research on Capacity Development including Economic Analysis of Extension and Advisory Services; Reforming of National agricultural Research Systems; Understanding Policy Process; and Institutional Innovations for Agricultural Transformation. He is or has been a Visiting as Honorary Professor of Indira Gandhi National Open University, India, American University, Washington DC, University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa, and Zhejiang University, China. He currently serves or has served on the editorial boards of the following journals – Food Security, Food and Nutrition Bulle

Affiliations and Expertise

Int'l Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, DC, USA

Shailendra N. Gajanan

Shailendra Gajanan is a Professor in the Department of Economics, and is the Chair of the Department of Business Management and Education at the University of Pittsburgh, Bradford. He received his BA and MA in Economics from the Presidency College and the Loyola College, University of Madras, India. He received and MA (1985) from the University of Akron, Ohio and PhD (1991) in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh. He joined the faculty of the Social Sciences Division at the University of Pittsburgh in 1991. He served previously as the Chair of the Social Sciences Division. Dr. Gajanan has served as the Program Director for Economics and has taught lower and upper level theory and policy classes in economic theory, econometrics, game theory, as well as applied classes in global hunger and environmental economics. He has also taught courses in India and West Germany. He supervises and directs International Study Abroad Programs and is slated to coordinate the Pitt-in-Himalayas in the summer of 2016. He has also served as an external evaluator on several thesis committees from universities in India and Malaysia. Dr. Gajanan’s research focuses on applied microeconomics dealing with water depletion within the commons, capacity utilization in manufacturing, the premium in the labor market for skills with English, and the impact of Category Management on product assortment in retail. He is the co-author of Food Security, Poverty and Nutrition Policy Analysis: Statistical Methods and Applications (Elsevier 2014).

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Economics, Department of Business Management and Education, University of Pittsburgh, Bradford, USA

Prabuddha Sanyal

Affiliations and Expertise

Int'l Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, DC, USA