Food Security for Equitable Futures
October 2020 - October 2024
UK Research and Innovation – UKRI FLF
This project, launched 21st October, 2020, will explore how lives in the Global South are shaped by undernourishment and hunger.
Food insecurity is a situation in which access to sufficient safe and nutritious food is sometimes or
often problematic. Evidence from high-income countries has pointed to the adverse consequences of
food insecurity on child and adolescent development, including impacts on health behaviours,
distress, feelings of shame, poor educational outcomes, and unhealthy diets. Less well-investigated
are the consequences of household food insecurity in the Global South, particularly with respect to
child and adolescent development and long-term well-being.
This project will provide impactful, much-needed evidence on how timing and persistence of food
insecurity matter over the lifecourse in the Global South and evidencing its impacts on under-researched population groups.
Employing a mixed-methods approach using both secondary data from the Young Lives survey and
primary qualitative data, the project will focus on food insecurity in India, Ethiopia, Peru, and Vietnam
and will address the following research questions:
1. (How) is food insecurity in childhood and adolescence associated with well-being over time?
2. Which population groups are vulnerable to food insecurity and its sequelae?
3. (How) can households effectively mitigate the negative effects of food insecurity?
4. To what extent does food insecurity impact some household members more than others?
The book considers inequalities both before and during the pandemic in 4 key domains: medical
care, food, housing, and access to digital technology. Importantly, it highlights how the social
problems observed during the pandemic in fact stem from long-standing structural inequalities
linked to erosion of social protection policies over the past several decades. The book identifies the
pitfalls in relying on charities and big tech to resolve these social problems, and explains why this is a
pivotal moment for social policy--one which could, with active investment, result in a more equitable
and just system going forward.
1. New book 'A Watershed Moment for Social Policy and Human Rights? Where next for the UK
Post-COVID', by Drs Amy Clair, Jasmine Fledderjohann, and Bran Knowles was launched on 20th
July 2021. A recording of the launch, chaired by Prof Karen Broadhurst, can be viewed here:
Our project team has organized food insecurity sessions, and will be presenting talks at the British Society for Population Studies conference.
• Dr Thomas Argaw will be chairing the session on:
Food insecurity: Social & environmental determinants of food & nutrition security – 14th September 12pm – 1pm
• Dr Thomas Argaw’s talk on:
Sociodemographic gradients in food insecurity in India – 15th September 3.15pm – 4.15pm
Dr Jasmine Fledderjohann - Principal Investigator, Lancaster University
Dr Sukumar Vellakkal - Co-Investigator, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
Dr Elisabetta Aurino - Project Collaborator, Imperial College
Dr Thomas Argaw - Postdoctoral Research Associate, Lancaster University
Saadia Shah - Project Administrator, Lancaster University
For further information please contact:
Dr Jasmine Fledderjohann, Principal Investigator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saadia Shah, Project Administrator: email@example.com
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