Name Estimating Food Consumption and Poverty with Mobile Phone Metadata
Source Université Catholique de Louvain
Hyperlink to Source http://arxiv.org/abs/1412.2595
Description This study compares measures extracted from call detail records and airtime credit purchases to the results of a nationwide household survey. Recent studies have shown the value of mobile phone data to tackle problems related to economic development and humanitarian action. In this research, we assess the suitability of indicators derived from mobile phone data as a proxy for food security indicators. We compare the measures extracted from call detail records and airtime credit purchases to the results of a nationwide household survey conducted at the same time. Results show high correlations (>0.8) between mobile phone data derived indicators and several relevant food security variables such as expenditure on food or vegetable consumption. This correspondence suggests that, in the future, proxies derived from mobile phone data could be used to provide valuable up-to-date operational information on food security throughout low and middle income countries.
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Lead Institution Université Catholique de Louvain
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Partners ICTEAM institute, United Nations Global Pulse, World Food Programme, Real Impact Analytics
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Info link http://arxiv.org/abs/1412.2595
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Type Research
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Status Pilot
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    Created On 2014-04-12
    Updated On 2014-04-12
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