This interim report is limited to a preliminary examination of the tasks identified by USDA for Phase 1 of the study. The panel’s findings and conclusions are based primarily on the review of the literature to date, the presentations of the invited speakers and discussants, the public comments during the two public sessions, and the expert judgments of the panel.

Chapter 2 briefly reviews the background of the development of the food security measure and explains in more detail the concepts and methods used to estimate food security.

Chapter 3 addresses the questions posed to the panel and presents the panel’s findings to date, conclusions, and interim recommendations. The chapter concludes with an indication of the directions of the panel’s scope of work in Phase 2.

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