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Food Price Shocks and the Political Economy of Global Agricultural and Development Policy
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for International Economic Studies. Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.
2014 (English)In: Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, ISSN 2040-5790, E-ISSN 2040-5804, Vol. 36, no 3, 387-415 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The recent spikes of global food prices induced a rapid increase in mass media coverage, public policy attention, and donor funding for food security and for agriculture and rural poverty. This has occurred while the shift from low to high food prices has induced a shift in (demographic or social) location of the hunger and poverty effects, but the total number of undernourished and poor people has declined over the same period. We suggest that the observed pattern can be explained by the presence of a global urban bias on agriculture and food policy in developing countries, and we discuss whether this global urban bias may actually benefit poor farmers. We argue that the food price spikes have succeeded where others have failed in the past: to move the problems of poor and hungry farmers to the top of the policy agenda and to induce development and donor strategies to help them.

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2014. Vol. 36, no 3, 387-415 p.
Keyword [en]
Food prices, Poverty, Mass media, International organization, Political economy
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Economics and Business
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-109284DOI: 10.1093/aepp/ppu020ISI: 000343004200002OAI: diva2:764573


Available from: 2014-11-19 Created: 2014-11-17 Last updated: 2014-11-19Bibliographically approved

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