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In this paper, we review existing food and nutrition security indicators, discuss some of their advantages and disadvantages, and finally classify them and describe their relationships and overlaps. In order to achieve this, the paper makes reference to the existing definitions of food andnutrition security (FNS), in particular as they have been agreed upon and implemented in the FoodSecure project ( The main existing conceptual frameworks of FNS predatingthe present paper are also used as guidelines and briefly discussed. Finally, we make recommendations in terms of the most appropriate FNS indicators to quantify the impacts of various shocks and interventions on food and nutrition security outcomes.

Keywords: Food security ; nutrition ; indicators ; outcomes ; determinants ; classification

Subject(s): Agricultural and Food Policy

Crop Production/Industries

Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety

Food Security and Poverty

Issue Date: 2013-02

Publication Type: Working or Discussion Paper

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Total Pages: 50

Series Statement: ZEF Working Paper Series


Record appears in: University of Bonn > Center for Development Research (ZEF) > Working Papers

Autor: Pangaribowo, Evita Hanie ; Gerber, Nicolas ; Torero, Maximo


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