UNICEF Social Inclusion, Policy and Budgeting

Escalating Food Prices: The threat to poor households and policies to safeguard a Recovery for All

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AUTHOR Isabel Ortiz, Jingqing Chai and Matthew Cummins
ORGANIZATION UNICEF
TYPE Working Paper
DATE 2011
TOPIC Child poverty and disparities
LANGUAGE English
ABSTRACTThis working paper: (i) briefly reviews possible causes of the food price spike that began in mid-2010; (ii) examines recent local food price movements in 58 developing countries during 2010; (iii) discusses the adverse impacts of food price increases on households; (iv) presents a rapid desk review of international and domestic policy responses in 98 developing countries under a three-pillar policy framework—supporting consumption, boosting production and regulating/managing food markets; and (v) calls for urgent and coordinated policy actions by national governments and the international community.
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