Is There a Link Between Poverty and Food Security?

Mahadevan, Renuka and Hoang, Vincent (2015) Is There a Link Between Poverty and Food Security?. Social Indicators Research, 128 1: 179-199. doi:10.1007/s11205-015-1025-3

Author Mahadevan, Renuka
Hoang, Vincent
Title Is There a Link Between Poverty and Food Security?
Journal name Social Indicators Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0303-8300
Publication date 2015-07-15
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s11205-015-1025-3
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 128
Issue 1
Start page 179
End page 199
Total pages 21
Place of publication Dordrecht, The Netherlands
Publisher Springer
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This paper addresses the gap in economic theory underlying the multidimensional concept of food security and observed data by deriving a composite food security index using the latent class model. The link between poverty and food security is then examined using the new food security index and the robustness of the link is compared with two unidimensional measures often used in the literature. Using Vietnam as a case study, it was found that a weak link exists for the rural but not for the urban composite food security index. The unidimensional measures on the other hand show a strong link in both the rural and urban regions. The results on the link are also different and mixed when two poverty types given by persistent and transient poverty are considered. These findings have important policy implications for a targeted approach to addressing food security.
Keyword Food security index
Calorie intake
Perceived food adequacy
Latent class
Quantile regression
Persistent and transient poverty
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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