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Description of Food and Nutrition Security Indicators



Anthropometric indicators

Stunting (low height-for-age) and wasting (low weight-for height), as indicators of nutritional status at the individual level, especially for children under five years old;

Poverty and Hunger Index

A multidimensional indicator linked to the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), but whose reliability and utility seem to be in doubt;

Global Food Security Index Food Insecurity Experience Scale (FIES) Diet Diversity Score (DDS)

A measure of the risks of food insecurity based on food availability, affordability, quality, and safety

A metric of severity of food insecurity at the household or individual level that relies on people’s direct yes/no responses to eight brief questions regarding their access to adequate food (FAO).

Represents the number of different foods or food groups consumed over a given reference period.

Source: (Pangaribowo et al. 2013)

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