The Mdg On Poverty And Hunger: How Reliable Are The Hunger Estimates? [chapter]

Wijnand Klaver, Maarten Nubé
Inside Poverty and Development in Africa  
Two hunger related indicators are used for tracking progress towards MDG-1. The prevalence of people with inadequate food intake (undernourishment) is based on national food statistics, which are not very reliable in Sub-Saharan Africa. The other indicator (prevalence of underweight among underfives, based on anthropometric surveys) appears to be more reliable. The measurement of height in addition to weight allows a more refined classification of anthropometric failure. A specially designed
more » ... ecially designed cross-tabulation (called 'Anthro Table' ) facilitates the inspection of the resulting interconnected prevalence data. An example from Kenya confirms the reliability of underweight as a sound overall indicator of child growth, while the prevalence of stunting (low height) remains a useful additional indicator that can help attribute any trends in underweight to chronic and/or acute undernutrition.
doi:10.1163/ej.9789004158405.i-306.86 fatcat:lpiw7ard5rbuxmgcm7ucdibhju