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Assessing food security using household consumption expenditure surveys (HCES): a scoping literature review

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J. Russell, A. Lechner, Q. Hanich, A Delisle, B. Campbell, K. Charlton. Assessing Food Security using Household Consumption Expenditure Surveys (HCES): a Systematic Scoping Review. Public health Nutrition. (2018) 21(12):2200-2210.


To meet some of the UN’s seventeen Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, there is a need for more effective policy to reduce food insecurity in low-income and lower-middle-income countries (LMIC). Measuring progress towards these goals requires reliable indicators of food security in these countries. Routinely conducted household consumption and expenditure surveys (HCES) provide potentially valuable and nationally representative data sets for this purpose. The present study aimed to assess methods used to determine national food security status using proxy measures from HCES data in LMIC globally.

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