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On the Theory of Measurement of Experience-Based Food Insecurity at the Global Level

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The paper is a contribution to the theory related to the measurement of food security at the global level using experience-based tools, to provide fresh insights on the conceptualization and estimate of a phenomenon that is at the top of the international agenda on sustainable development.

The study analyses and critiques the research approach of methods of direct collection of information on individual food insecurity, with particular reference to the recently developed FAO Food Insecurity Experience Scale (FIES), taking into account specifically the global comparability issue.

The paper highlights the advantages and disadvantages of self-perceived measures of food insecurity, both at the micro and macro level. The epistemological value of the use of subjective variables is discussed, the differences between subjective definitions and subjective methodologies are emphasized, and suggestions for further developments on the issue are offered.

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  • Theory of Measurement
  • Food insecurity
  • Global comparability issue

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Grimaccia, E., Maggino, F., Rao, J.M. (2022). On the Theory of Measurement of Experience-Based Food Insecurity at the Global Level. In: Facioni, C., Di Francesco, G., Corvo, P. (eds) Italian Studies on Food and Quality of Life. Social Indicators Research Series, vol 85. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-97806-8_5

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