Multidimensional Food Insecurity Measurement

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Show simple item record Ryan, Joanna Leibbrandt, Murray 2015-11-12T15:31:02Z 2015-11-12T15:31:02Z 2015-11
dc.identifier.citation Ryan, J., Leibbrandt, M. (2015). Multidimensional Food Insecurity Measurement. A Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit Working Paper Number 160. Cape Town: SALDRU, University of Cape Town.
dc.identifier.isbn 978-1-928281-21-4
dc.description Joana Ryan is a PhD student in the School of Economics and a Graduate Associate in SALDRU. Murray Leibbrandt is the NRF-DST Research Chair in Poverty and Inequality Research and a Professor in the School of Economics at UCT. He is the Pro-Vice Chancellor for the Poverty and Inequality Initiative at UCT and the Director of SALDRU. en_US
dc.description.abstract It is well established that household food security is a complex phenomenon with numerous indicators and outcomes, the measurement of which is yet to be adequately captured by a single measure. We propose the adoption of the methodology of multidimensional poverty measurement in calculating an index of multidimensional food insecurity. This framework has gained increasing popularity, particularly with the introduction of the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI). The assertion is that, like poverty, food insecurity is a multidimensional phenomenon, requiring the inclusion of multiple aspects of deprivation in its measurement. Nationally representative data from South Africa is used to construct a Multidimensional Food Insecurity Index (MFII), based on the methodology of the MPI. The MFII is used to develop a detailed profile of individual food insecurity in South Africa. Nationally, close to half of the population are considered multidimensionally food insecure, with the greatest contributors to food insecurity being dietary diversity and subjective food consumption adequacy. The Western Cape and Gauteng enjoy the lowest levels of multidimensional food insecurity, while Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal suffer the highest levels. How food security is measured can have an important impact on how policies and interventions are developed and implemented. As such, measurement methodologies can be very practically relevant to research. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Joanna Ryan acknowledges generous doctoral support from the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security, DST-NRF Research Chair in Poverty and Inequality Research and the Carnegie Corporation. This paper was produced with funding from the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security. Murray Leibbrandt acknowledges the Research Chairs Initiative of the Department of Science and Technology and National Research Foundation for funding his work as the Research Chair in Poverty and Inequality. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Saldru Working Paper;160
dc.subject Multidimensional Food Insecurity Index (MFII) en_US
dc.subject Household food security en_US
dc.subject South Africa en_US
dc.subject National Income Dynamics Study en_US
dc.title Multidimensional Food Insecurity Measurement en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US

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