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A Simplified Method for Assessing Dietary Adequacy in Mozambique

Donald Rose and David L. Tschirley

No 56034, Food Security Collaborative Working Papers from Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics

Abstract: The objective in this report is to outline a relatively inexpensive way to assess household dietary adequacy in rural Mozambique. The inclusion of 24-hour food consumption questions in a national survey would provide an opportunity to do this. Due to cost-considerations, food consumption information collected on a national scale needs to be simple, especially given the other information demands on most agricultural or health surveys. Thus, a full quantitative assessment of the foods eaten by a household in the previous 24 hours is not possible. However, a survey that just collected information on which foods were consumed at which meals in the previous day would be sufficient. How do we translate qualitative information on the types of foods eaten into a quantitative assessment of dietary adequacy? This paper demonstrates a technique calibrated with data from a previous intensive study of food consumption in rural Mozambique. The method proposed in this report is based on data collected in the 1995-96 Nampula/Cabo Delgado (NCD) study.

Keywords: Food; Security; and; Poverty (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2000
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