Measuring Household Resilience to Food Insecurity (512 Kb)
The concept of resilience has recently been introduced into food security literature. It aims to measure households’ capability to absorb the negative effects of unpredictable shocks, as a legitimate component of vulnerability analysis. The definition of resilience to food insecurity has a direct effect on the methodology used to measure it, and the model described in this document, considers resilience to be a latent variable defined according to four building blocks: income and food access; assets; access to public services; and social safety nets. Two additional dimensions – stability and adaptive capacity – cut across these building blocks and account for households’ capacity to respond and adapt to shocks; these too are latent variables.