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ERS is a primary source of economic research and analysis from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, providing timely information on economic and policy issues related to agriculture, food, the environment, and rural America. Increases in obesity and diet-related diseases are major public health problems. These problems may be worse in some U.S. communities(More)
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The Food Stamp Program saw an unprecedented decline in participation from 27.5 million participants in 1994 to 18.2 million participants in 1999. A strong economy and changes in social welfare programs drove this change. An econometric model with State-level data calculated that 35 percent of the caseload decline from 1994 to 1998 was associated with(More)
Discussion papers provide a means for researchers, students and professionals to share thoughts and findings on a wide range of topics relating to food, hunger, agriculture and nutrition. They contain preliminary material and are circulated prior to a formal peer review in order to stimulate discussion and critical comment. Some working papers will(More)
This work has not been formally reviewed or edited. The opinions expressed do not necessarily represent those of RAND Corporation or any other institution. We thank Pinka Chatterji, and participants in the IRP-USDA Small Grants Preconference and Final Conference, the PAA annual meeting, and the APPAM annual meeting for helpful comments. We thank Aaron(More)
One-third of India's urban population resides in extreme poverty, in slums and squatters. Food insecurity remains a visible reality among this segment. Yet, it is scarcely documented. This paper describes levels and determinants of experiential household food insecurity (HFI) in an underserved urban slum of Delhi (India) and reports the internal validity(More)
BACKGROUND The prevalence of food insecurity is an indicator of material well-being in an area of basic need. The U.S. Food Security Module has been adapted for use in a wide variety of cultural and linguistic settings around the world. We assessed the internal validity of the adapted U.S. Household Food Security Survey Module to measure adult and child(More)
Wisconsin–Madison Graduate School. We are grateful for outstanding research assistance from Destin Layne and Myoung-Hee Kim, as well as to Extension educators who helped coordinate the local data collection. Carolyn Heinrich, Mark Nord, and Margaret Andrews provided valuable feedback on earlier versions of this work. Abstract Food security—the assured(More)
Lebanon hosts the highest per capita refugee concentration worldwide. The Palestinian presence in Lebanon dates from 1948 and they remain a marginalized population. No information on their food security status has been reported previously. A survey of a representative sample of Palestinian refugee households in Lebanon (n = 2501) was conducted using a(More)
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for(More)