Assessing Energy Adequacy, Healthy Food Diversity, and Self-Reported Food Security in the United States, Canada, and India

  • Author / Creator
    Minhas, Simrat
  • In order to assess the effectiveness of public policy interventions (or lack
    of) aimed at food insecure households, an individual’s socio-economic and
    demographic status, energy adequacy, and healthy food diversity need to be better
    understood. Through a cross-country comparison (Canada, US and India) of the
    determinants of dietary adequacy and diversity, with different policy programs
    aimed at enhancing food security in place, we can provide recommendations for
    effective strategies aimed at reducing food insecurity, in different contexts.
    Results suggest that multiple indicators need to be assessed to understand the
    multi-faceted nature of a household’s food security status. Income plays a
    significant role in energy adequacy, while respondent age and family size play an
    important role in healthy food diversity. Assessing policy programs by
    effectiveness suggests that India may benefit from a cash transfer program instead
    of the traditional TPDS.

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  • Graduation date
    Spring 2014
  • Type of Item
  • Degree
    Master of Science
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