New! Food Price Volatility

In this section, you may find new materials that have been published on the topic of ‘Food Price Volatility’, since the date of the event. We continually select major new publications and articles that add up to the policy points discussed in this briefing.

– Managing Food Price Volatility: Policy Options to Support Healthy Diets and Nutrition in the Context of Uncertainty, 08/04/2016
The world’s food systems face growing systemic challenges in providing healthy affordable diets for all. These challenges include long-term threats to food production including water scarcity, soil degradation, the environmental impacts of climate change and competition for productive land due to urban expansion. However, a major concern for policymakers today is protecting consumers and their ability to acquire nutritionally adequate diets in the face of current and projected increases in food prices and food price volatility.

How volatile are African food prices?
IFPRI, 2013
Instability in the price of staple foods is an important source of risk in developing countries. This is particularly true in Africa south of the Sahara because of the low incomes of many African households. Poor urban households allocate a large share of their income to food, so food price volatility affects their purchasing power. Many poor rural households depend on agriculture for their livelihood, so they too are directly influenced by food price volatility.

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