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The challenge of measuring hunger, Volume 1
 
Author:De Weerdt, Joachim; Beegle, Kathleen; Friedman,, Jed; Gibson, John; Country:World; Tanzania;
Date Stored:2014/01/02Document Date:2014/01/01
Document Type:Policy Research Working PaperSubTopics:Regional Economic Development; Nutrition; Rural Poverty Reduction; Food & Beverage Industry; Food Security
Language:EnglishMajor Sector:Energy and mining; Health and other social services; Finance; Transportation
Rel. Proj ID:1W-Lsms Iv: Research For Improving Survey Data -- -- P102013;Region:The World Region; Africa
Report Number:WPS6736Sub Sectors:Microfinance; Other social services; General finance sector; General energy sector; General transportation sector
Collection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 6736TF No/Name:TF057207-KCP:; TF092149-PANEL HOUSEHOLD SURVEYS AND AGRICULTURE IN TANZANI; TF099153-Building Capacity for Poverty Statistics in Tanzania
Volume No:1  

Summary: There is widespread interest in the number of hungry people in the world and trends in hunger. Current global counts rely on combining each country's total food balance with information on distribution patterns from household consumption expenditure surveys. Recent research has advocated for calculating hunger numbers directly from these same surveys. For either approach, embedded in this effort are a number of important details about how household surveys are designed and how these data are then used. Using a survey experiment in Tanzania, this study finds great fragility in hunger counts stemming from alternative survey designs. As a consequence, comparable and valid hunger numbers will be lacking until more effort is made to either harmonize survey designs or better understand the consequences of survey design variation.

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