Food Security: Indicators, Measurement, and the Impact of Trade Openness

Hardcover | December 20, 2007

EditorBasudeb Guha-Khasnobis, Shabd S. Acharya, Benjamin Davis

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What are the implications of the WTO's Agreement on Agriculture for food security in poor countries? Are economic reforms and high growth rates in some countries protecting the well-being of the poor by improving the status of nutrition? Are we measuring hunger adequately? Do we need new toolsand indicators? Does women's socio-economic status matter for child-health? Are targeted programmes successful in identifying and helping the truly needy?Despite the scale of human suffering inflicted by malnutrition, the fight against world hunger has recently been overshadowed by the campaign to end poverty. The emergence of the WTO and the freeing of agricultural trade, for example, have serious implications for hunger and food security in manycountries, yet this is an area that is relatively understudied. This book aims to fill this gap by providing a significant collection of essays from mainstream academia and prominent international organizations working for food security. Examining food security across regions, the book tackles foodsecurity at three distinct levels-national, household, and individual. Other topics included are: attempts to improve measurement tools; the applications of existing tools for empirical analysis using household data, and; the impact of trade openness on national food security.

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What are the implications of the WTO's Agreement on Agriculture for food security in poor countries? Are economic reforms and high growth rates in some countries protecting the well-being of the poor by improving the status of nutrition? Are we measuring hunger adequately? Do we need new toolsand indicators? Does women's socio-economic...

Basudeb Guha-Khasnobis is a Senior Research Fellow at UNU-WIDER. He is a PhD from the University of Rochester and worked for IGIDR (Mumbai), ICRIER (New Delhi) and The Exim Bank of India. His research interests include international economics, development economics and financial economics. Shabd S. Acharya is Honorary Professor at t...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.09 inPublished:December 20, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Basudeb Guha-Khasnobis, Shabd S. Acharya and Benjamin Davis: Food Security: Indicators, Measurement, and the Impact of Trade OpennessPart I Issues in Measurement and the Quantitative Analysis of Food Security2. Mauro Migotto, Benjamin Davis, Calogero Carletto, and Kathleen Beegle: Measuring Food Security Using Respondents' Perception of Food Consumption Adequacy3. Indranil Dutta and Craig Gundersen: Measures of Food Insecurity at the Household Level4. Christian Romer Lovendal and Marco Knowles: Tomorrow's Hunger: A Framework for Analysing Vulnerability to Food Insecurity5. Basudeb Guha-Khasnobis and Gautam Hazarika: Women's Status and Children's Food Security in Pakistan6. Brinda Viswanathan and J. V. Meenakshi: Changing Pattern of Undernutrition in India: A Comparative Analysis across Regions7. Vasco Molini: Food Security in Vietnam during the 1990s: The Empirical Evidence8. Nilabja Ghosh and Basudeb Guha-Khasnobis: Measuring the Efficacy of Targeted Schemes: Public Works Programmes in IndiaPart II Trade Openness, the WTO, and Food Security9. George Rapsomanikis and Alexander Sarris: The Impact of Domestic and International Commodity Price Volatility on Agricultural Income Instability in Ghana, Vietnam and Peru10. Michael Herrmann: Agricultural Support Measures of Advanced Countries and Food Insecurity in Developing Countries: Economic Linkages and Policy Responses11. James Hodge and Andrew Charman: An Analysis of the Potential Impact of the Current WTO Agricultural Negotiations on Government Strategies in the SADC region12. Ramesh Chand: International Trade, Food Security and Response to WTO in South Asian Countries13. Samuel Gayi: Does the WTO Agreement on Agriculture Endanger Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa?14. Mehmet Arda: Food Retailing, Supermarkets, and Food Security: Highlights from Latin America