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Food security research in selected Southern European and Eastern Mediterranean countries: a narrative review

Athanasios Michalis (Department of Home Economics & Ecology, Harokopio University School of Environment Geography and Applied Economics, Athens, Greece)
Vassiliki Costarelli (Human Ecology Laboratory, Department of Home Economics and Ecology, Harokopio University, Athens, Greece)

Nutrition & Food Science

ISSN: 0034-6659

Article publication date: 28 September 2020

Issue publication date: 2 June 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The paper aims to investigate food security research in Southern Europe and selected Eastern Mediterranean countries.

Design/methodology/approach

An electronic literature search was conducted using Medline/PubMed and Scopus, to identify articles and reviews that were published in the English language, between January 2014 and December 2019. Thirty-three publications met the criteria for review.

Findings

Depending on the population sample and the measurement tool, reported food insecurity differed significantly between and within countries. In Portugal, food insecurity ranged from 11 to 70%; in France, from 6.3 to 77.7%; and in Greece, from 17.3 to 82%.

Research limitations/implications

Research investigating food insecurity issues and its true prevalence across southern European and Eastern Mediterranean countries are relatively limited.

Originality/value

Food insecurity levels in the above countries vary significantly, and the different methodologies often used render the results difficult to compare.

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Citation

Michalis, A. and Costarelli, V. (2021), "Food security research in selected Southern European and Eastern Mediterranean countries: a narrative review", Nutrition & Food Science, Vol. 51 No. 4, pp. 690-703. https://doi.org/10.1108/NFS-07-2020-0251

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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