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The impact of the global food crisis on self-assessed food security

The World Bank Economic Review, World Bank Group Headey, D. D. 2013-01-7
Article on the first large-scale survey-based evidence on the impact of the global food crisis of 2007-08 using an indicator of self-assessed food security from the Gallup World Poll (GWP). For the sampled countries as a whole, this subjective indicator of food security remained the same or even improved, seemingly owing to a combination of strong economic growth and limited food inflation in some of the most populous countries, particularly India. However, these favorable global trends mask divergent trends at the national and regional levels, with a number of countries reporting substantial deterioration in food security. The impacts of the global crisis therefore appear to be highly context specific.
  • Economic
  • Food Insecurity
  • Health
  • Nutrition
  • Other Crises
  • Women and/or Girls
  • Afghanistan
  • Africa
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Armenia
  • Asia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Burkina Faso
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Caribbean
  • Central America
  • Central Asia
  • China
  • Denmark
  • Djibouti
  • East Africa
  • East Asia
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt (Arab Republic)
  • Ethiopia
  • Europe
  • Global
  • Honduras
  • Horn of Africa
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iraq
  • Kenya
  • Kuwait
  • Latin America
  • Madagascar
  • Mexico
  • Middle East
  • Mozambique
  • Nepal
  • Nigeria
  • North Africa
  • North America
  • Oceania
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Romania
  • Russia (Russian Federation)
  • Rwanda
  • Sahel
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • South America
  • South Asia
  • Southeast Africa
  • Southeast Asia
  • Southern Africa
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Tanzania (United Republic of)
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Turkey/Türkiye
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • Vietnam
  • West Africa
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
  • High-Income Countries (HICs)
  • Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs)
  • Adult women
  • Adults (men and/or women 19+ years old)
  • Children (boys and/or girls 1-10 years old)
  • Country-level population(s)
  • Women (adults and/or adolescents)
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