Food Insecurity in Small Island Developing States

The research efforts outlined here are among the first to measure Bahamian food security, provide a baseline for further research, and aid in determining best practices related to food insecurity in Small Island Developing States (SIDS). A randomized and weighted landline telephone survey was conducted in New Providence, the most populous island in The Bahamas, in order to determine preliminary rates of food insecurity among 1,000 respondents.


Karpyn, A. et al. (2019). Using the food insecurity experience scale to understand the characteristics of food insecurity in The Bahamas. (Work in Progress).


Karpyn, A. (2017). Achieving food security in small island developing states, The Bahamas example. University of Pennsylvania PRC Symposium. Accelerating Policies and Research on Food Access, Diet and Obesity Prevention.

Karpyn A. (2018). School lunch and breakfast programs: Opportunities for sustainability. Lecture presented at Hands for Hunger Annual Food for Thought Conference; Nassau, The Bahamas.

The Government of The Bahamas. Department of Statistics. (2016). The Bahamas 2013 Household Expenditure Survey Report. Retrieved from

Start Date: January 1, 2017

CRESP Lead Researcher: Allison Karpyn

Funder: U.S. State Department, Fulbright Commission

Partner Organization(s):University of The Bahamas, Hands for Hunger, One Eleuthera Foundation, University of The Bahamas

Partner Experts:Zeleka Knowles; Erecia Hepburn, PhD; Shaun Ingraham

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