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Mapping and Spatial Analysis of Food Security and Poverty
one fifth of Ecuador's inhabitants are undernourished (FAO,
1999 ) and over a quarter of children under 5 years of age
are affected by chronic malnutrition (Larrea et al, 2001 ).
The need for national level assessments of food insecurity
is therefore very high. This project will identify the lack
of access to food within Ecuador and test hypotheses regarding
the causes of food insecurity in Ecuador. This will be achieved
by identifying how access to food varies spatially, how access
to food varies temporally, and crucially, how the factors
that contribute to food insecurity change over space and time.
This project aims to benefit many different institutions in
both targeting their resources and their research, specifically
the capacity of the Ecuadorian government to design policy
or development interventions necessary to improve food security.