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Changes in Indonesian Food Consumption Patterns and their Nutritional Implications


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Ngwenya, E and Ray, R 2007 , Changes in Indonesian Food Consumption Patterns and their Nutritional Implications.

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This study examines changes in Indonesian food consumption during 1996-2002
which included the period of the Asian financial crisis in late 1997/98. This paper analyses
the nutritional implications of the changes in terms of the level and composition of calorie
intake and the prevalence of undernourishment. The analysis reveals a divergence, during this
period, between the magnitude and the movement of the undernourishment and food
expenditure poverty rates. The results reveal a sharp divide between rural and urban
households, and between calorie-deprived and calorie-satisfied households. While this period
witnessed significant improvement in calorie intake, the dietary changes do not appear to
have been large enough to address the issue of protein deficiency in the Indonesian diet. The
results point to the need for policy interventions and information campaigns to ensure an
increase in both the quantity and quality of the calorie intake.

Item Type: Report (Discussion Paper)
Authors/Creators:Ngwenya, E and Ray, R
Keywords: Undernourishment, Calorie Shares, Processed Food, Kernel Density Plot, REPEC
Publisher: School of Economics and Finance
DOI / ID Number: 2007-06
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