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Journal of Food Security. 2015, 3(1), 29-33
DOI: 10.12691/jfs-3-1-5
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Political Instability and Food Security

B. James Deaton1 and Bethany Lipka1,

1Department of Food, Agriculture and Resource Economics; University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Pub. Date: April 02, 2015

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B. James Deaton and Bethany Lipka. Political Instability and Food Security. Journal of Food Security. 2015; 3(1):29-33. doi: 10.12691/jfs-3-1-5


In this paper we identify seven of the most food insecure countries of the developing world according to FAO data. These seven countries fall within both the quartile of developing countries with the highest prevalence of undernourishment and the quartile of developing countries with the highest increase in prevalence of undernourishment within the most recent five-year period recorded by the FAO. We provide a set of graphs and figures to further inform the relative position of these countries, as well as a comparison of determinants and measures of food security for these countries and the rest of the developing world. One relationship that is emphasized is the positive relationship between political stability and food security.

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