Improving Food Consumption Measurement in Household Surveys

New York, USA
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The seminar - convened in New York by the Food and Agriculture Association of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Bank, under the aegis of the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Food Security, Agricultural and Rural Statistics during the 48th Session of the UN Statistical Commission - provided chief statisticians from low- and middle-income countries an opportunity to discuss a common agenda for fostering the adoption and implementation of a new set of guidelines for the measurement of food consumption data in household surveys.

The keynote speaker was Prof. John Gibson of the University of Waikato in New Zealand, a leading expert in the measurement of poverty and undernourishment based on household surveys, and the author of very influential publications in these areas.

The seminar at the UN Statistical Commission was a milestone in an ongoing partnership between FAO and the LSMS team at the World Bank, which started in 2014 with a technical workshop in Rome on Improving the Relevance and Reliability of Food Data from Household Consumption and Expenditure Surveys, in which several of the technical and methodological research questions informing the draft guidelines presented in New York were first discussed. That workshop was followed by a second Expert Consultation, also in Rome, in 2016.