Food Security, Poverty and Nutrition Policy Analysis

Food Security, Poverty and Nutrition Policy Analysis, 2nd Edition

Statistical Methods and Applications

Food Security, Poverty and Nutrition Policy Analysis, 2nd Edition,Suresh Babu,S.N. Gajanan,Prabuddha Sanyal,ISBN9780124058644

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  • Updated to address the latest datasets and tools, including STATA software, the future of policy analysis
  • Includes a new chapter on program evaluation taking the reader from data analysis to policy development to post-implementation measurement
  • Identifies the proper analysis method, its application to available data and its importance in policy development using real-world scenarios
  • Over 30% new content and fully revised throughout


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.


Food scientists and nutritionists, consultants, professionals and advanced students involved in the development and implementation of successful policies and programs for addressing the concerns of adequate food supply to the world.

Suresh Babu

Suresh Babu Int'l Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, DC, USA Dr. Babu was educated at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa (M.S. Economics and PhD Economics). Before joining IFPRI in 1992 as a Research Fellow, Dr. Babu was a Research Economist at 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. During 1989-1994, as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Malawi, he helped initiate post graduate programs by developing and teaching computer-based policy-oriented courses. At IFPRI, he has been involved in institutional and human capacity strengthening for higher education and research in many countries in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, for the past 23 years. He leads IFPRI program on Learning and Capacity Strengthening. He was also the program coordinator for the Agricultural Open Curriculum and Learning Initiative (AGROCURI) a consortium of 40 partners from CGIAR centers, universities in developing and developed countries and international organizations. His current research includes human and organizational strengthening of food and nutrition policy systems, policy processes, and incorporating nutrition curriculum in agricultural extension in developing countries. Dr. Babu has published more than 60 peer reviewed journal articles and authored or edited 14 books and research monographs. He was a coordinating author of the Millennium Ecosystems Assessment. He has been an honorary visiting professor at The Indira Gandhi National Open University of India, a guest professor at the China Center for Rural Development, Zhizhang University, China and an honorary professor of University of KwaZulu-Natal University in South Africa.

Affiliations and Expertise

Int'l Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, DC, USA

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S.N. Gajanan

Academic Focus: Dr. Gajanan teaches Introduction to Microeconomics, Intermediate Microeconomics, Economics of the Modern World, Econometrics & Forecasting, Economics of Energy & Environment, and Industrial Organizaion and Game Theory Research, Accomplishments, and Publications: Dr. Gajanan's research interests include Applied Microeconomics Labor Economics, and Game Theory. He has also led a study on the economic impact of Pitt-Bradford on the local economy.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Pittsburgh, Bradford, USA

Prabuddha Sanyal

Affiliations and Expertise

Int'l Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, DC, USA

Food Security, Poverty and Nutrition Policy Analysis, 2nd Edition


Section I: Food Security Policy Analysis
Introduction to 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
Chapter 4. Effects of Commercialization of Agriculture or 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: The Issue and its Importance to
Food Security - Application of One-way ANOVA
Chapter 6. Impact of Market Access on Food Security - Application of Factor

Section II: Nutrition Policy Analysis
Introduction to 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. Female 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
Introduction to Section III: Special Topics on Poverty, Nutrition and Food Policy Analysis
Chapter 11. Predicting Child Nutritional Status Using related Socio-economic
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

Technical Appendices

Statistical Tables

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