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Generating evidence on individuals' experience of food insecurity and vulnerability
- Quisumbing, Agnes R.
- Global food security 2013 v.2 no.1 pp. 50-55
- agricultural productivity, coping strategies, food security, gender, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Uganda
- Many indicators of food security and vulnerability are reported at the household level, preventing policymakers from identifying how differences among individuals within the household affect individual food security and vulnerability. Using examples from three recent studies from Uganda, Bangladesh, and Ethiopia, the paper illustrates how using individual – rather than household-level measures allows a better understanding of three dimensions of food security: agricultural productivity, impacts of development interventions on well-being, and coping mechanisms in response to shocks. It then discusses methods to elicit information on individual experiences of food security and vulnerability, including the use of measures of gender disaggregation that go beyond headship, the use of individual measures of well-being, and modifications of household level questions on coping mechanisms.