Food Security, Poverty and Nutrition Policy Analysis
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Food Security, Poverty and Nutrition Policy Analysis : Statistical Methods and Applications

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 648 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 33.02mm | 852.75g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • 0128100664
  • 9780128100660

Table of contents

Preface to the Second Edition Introduction Section I: Food Security Policy Analysis Chapter 1: Introduction to food security: concepts and measurement Chapter 2. Implications of technological change, post-harvest technology and technology adoption for improved food security - application of t-statistic Chapter 3. Effects of commercialization of agriculture (shift from traditional crop to cash crop) on food consumption and nutrition - application of chi-square statistic Chapter 4. Effects of technology adoption and gender of household head: The issue, its importance in food security - application of Cramer's V and phi coefficient Chapter 5. Changes in food consumption patterns: its importance to food security - application of one-way ANOVA Chapter 6. Impact of market access on food security - application of factor analysis Section II: Nutrition Policy Analysis Chapter 7. Impact of maternal education and care on preschoolers' nutrition - application of two-way ANOVA Chapter 8. Indicators and causal factors of nutrition - application of correlation analysis Chapter 9. Effects of individual, household and community indicators on child's nutritional status - application of simple linear regression Chapter 10. Maternal education and community characteristics as indicators of nutritional status of children - application of multivariate regression Section III: Special Topics on Poverty, Nutrition and Food Policy Analysis Chapter 11. Predicting child nutritional status using related socioeconomic variables - application of discriminant function analysis Chapter 12. Measurement and determinants of poverty - application of logistic regression models Chapter 13. Classifying households on food security and poverty dimensions - application of K-mean cluster analysis Chapter 14. Household care as a determinant of nutritional status - application of instrumental variable estimation Chapter 15: Achieving an ideal diet - modeling with linear programming Chapter 16. Food and Nutrition Program Evaluation

References Appendix Statistical tables
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About 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 Bulletin, Agricultural Economics Research Review, African Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, African Journal of Management, and African Journal of Food, Nutrition, and Development. Dr. Babu was educated at Agricultural Universities in Tamil Nadu, India (B.S. Agriculture; M.S. Agriculture) and at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa (M.S. Economics and PhD Economics). 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).
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