Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/172848
Authors: 
Bühler, Dorothee
Grote, Ulrike
Hartje, Rebecca
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
Hannover Economic Papers (HEP) 594
Abstract: 
This paper uses a novel data set of marginalized households from Cambodia and Lao PDR to better understand different food security concepts. The multitude of indicators available raises the question how these indicators relate to each other and whether they are suitable to detect undernutrition of individuals. In the analysis we identify the causes of food insecurity in relation to a number of different food security concepts and examine the links between the food security status of households and individuals using anthropometric data of children under five. The regression results show that the different indicators of food security at the household level capture fundamentally different aspects of food security. In addition, household food insecurity only explains a small share of child undernutrition. We call for more research on intra-household allocation of food and stress the implications of our research for the design and targeting of food and nutrition support programs.
Subjects: 
Food Security
Undernutrition
Human Development
Poverty
Southeast Asia
JEL: 
Q18
I15
O15
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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