Beyond the Arab Awakening: Policies and Investments for Poverty Reduction and Food Security
Written by Clemens Breisinger, Olivier Ecker, Perrihan Al-Riffai, and Bingxin Yu, International Food Policy Research Institute
This report aims to inform and stimulate the debate on key policy priorities for poverty reduction and food security in light of the Arab Awakening. Its findings are based on an innovative combination of datasets and rigorous economic analysis. Results suggest that poverty and income inequality in the Arab world are likely higher than official numbers have long suggested. Given that poverty indicators seem to be misleading for many countries in the region, the report introduces a new welfare measure reflecting food insecurity risks at both national and household levels to classify Arab countries into five risk groups.
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