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IRIN Examines Debate Over FAO’s Data Calculation Methods

IRIN examines the debate over the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) “methods of calculating the number of hungry people in the world in its annual report, the State of Food Insecurity in the World (SOFI).” According to the news service, “The 2013 SOFI is an improvement over the 2012 report, say experts, but there are still problems with the quality of data.” Writing, “At issue is the prevalence of undernourishment (PoU) — the main indicator FAO uses to calculate the global numbers,” IRIN includes comments from Timothy Wise, director of the research and policy program at the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University; Piero Conforti, FAO’s senior statistician; Carlo Cafiero, senior statistician and economist with FAO; Ellen Messer of the Friedman School of Nutrition and Science Policy at Tufts University; and José Luis Valero Pol, an anti-hunger activist with Université Catholique de Louvain (10/14).