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