Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Program on Energy and Sustainable Development Stanford University


April 1, 2013 - CISAC In the News

A new approach to save lives in food-insecure areas

Appeared in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, March 4, 2013

When it comes to feeding the world's poorest, aid organizations face the difficult choice of how to distribute food when there is not enough for all who need it. CISAC's Lawrence Wein and co-authors find that one approach can save lives and money. This approach, which gives all emergency food rations to the children most at risk of dying or developing a disability, saves reduces that number of disability-adjusted life years by 9%, and reduces costs by 61%. They caution that this study warrants further research, but the results are striking. 


Topics: Food Security | Institutions and Organizations | Security