Identifying populations and areas at greatest risk of household food insecurity in England

Dianna Smith, Claire Thompson, Kirk Harland, Storm Parker, Nicola Shelton

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Despite the increasing recognition of household food insecurity as a policy issue, there is currently no routine measurement of food insecurity in the UK. There is nothing to suggest that Government will address this in the near future for all parts of the UK. In which case, policy makers and campaigners might instead seek out consistent and robust measures of the population-level factors which are known to contribute to food insecurity. However, no systematic measures exist, meaning that resources may not be targeted at those areas most in need. This paper presents the first objective estimate of high population-level risk of household food insecurity in English neighbourhoods (4.09% of the population, 95%CI 4.08-4.10) using public data. Estimated geographic distribution of factors contributing to household food insecurity is customisable to local pressures and is adaptable to settings outside of England.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-31
Number of pages11
JournalApplied Geography
Early online date5 Jan 2018
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2018


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