Methods

The methods developed and shared through the Food Prices for Nutrition project are a new kind of price index, measuring access to locally-appropriate items in the proportions needed for health.

Our aim is to measure whether agricultural production and food distribution brings nutritious items within reach of all people at all times. The project’s metrics use least-cost diets to track food system performance, building on a long tradition of identifying the most affordable set of diverse foods needed to meet dietary needs at each time and place.

Our innovation is the development of globally applicable, standardized methods for these new indicators of food and nutrition security, as detailed in this site’s metrics page.

For data, code, and tools to help calculate the metrics, please see the data & code page.

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