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Food and nutrition security in the European Union: Overview and case studies

Lara Cockx, Nathalie Francken and Hannah Pieters

FOODSECURE Working papers from LEI Wageningen UR

Abstract: This paper provides a detailed overview of food and nutrition security in the European Union. Micronutrient deficiencies are widespread and overweight and obesity are increasing at an alarming rate. Policy makers are urged to pay particular attention to the poor but also women and children, ethnic minorities and the elderly. The New Member States (NMS) are home to some of the most vulnerable households and prominent challenges in terms of the insufficient availability of fruits and vegetables and the relatively large share of food expenditure in total household budget. The in depth analysis of food demand and food diversity in Romania and Slovakia demonstrates that Romanian households continue to be very sensitive to food price and income shocks and underlines the importance of policies targeted at the generation of incomes as well as rural development.

JEL-codes: Q18 I32 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2015-03
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