Wednesday 7
Metrics for Adaptive Capacity and Resilience
Fabrice Declerck
› 11:35 - 12:30 (55min)
› Antigone 1
Testing for Household Resilience to Food Insecurity: Evidence from Nicaragua
Federico Ciani  1@  
1 : University of Florence, Department of Economics and Management  (UNIFI)  -  Website
Via delle Pandette -  Italie

The main goal of this paper is to develop a methodology to quantitatively assess resilience to food insecurity. Despite resilience measurement is dependent on the context, this paper tries to identify some general indications to develop household resilience measurement. The developed methodology is applied to rural Nicaragua and particularly to the rural population hit by Mitch Hurricane in 1999. The paper analyses the LSMS 1998, 1999 and 2001 data that are carachterized by an interesting panel structure. The results show that the proposed resilience index is relevant as it is a good predictor of households' food security and of household probability to move in and out from food security. The proposed resilience index highlights small landowners and agricultural wage workers as less resilient vis-a-vis other livelihood groups. These findings are coherent with other research concerning rural Nicaragua. The paper will also show that assets and in particular access to land are a crucial component of households' resilience.

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