Finding Meaning in Our Measures: Overcoming Challenges to Quantitative Food Security Assessments

Assessments of undernourishment at the country, household, and individual level have faced both conceptual and measurement challenges. This workshop will highlight how ERS and other researchers are addressing these challenges to help policymakers. The first keynote address and panel will focus on improvements in traditional estimates of undernourishment at the national level to better capture the distribution of calorie consumption within each country. In particular, the keynote address will highlight the proposed changes to the ERS international food security assessment to better identify the vulnerable population of low-income countries. The second keynote speaker and panel will highlight recent advances in conceptualizing and measuring undernourishment, with implications for future assessments.

Date:  Monday, February 9, 2015

Economic Research Service
355 E St. SW
1st Floor Conference Room
Washington, DC