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Household level impacts of increasing food prices in Cambodia










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    Impact of food prices increase among Lesotho’s poorest 2016
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    At the moment, Lesotho is experiencing a large increase in the price of maize, the main staple food in the country. The current drought induced by El Niño is increasingly affecting countries in Southern Africa, especially South Africa, which is the main source of cereal imports for Lesotho, with the potential to deteriorate the food security in the country. The food prices inflation is causing a decrease in staple food consumption among the poor of the country. Rising food prices reduce access to food among net food buyers. This effect is most severe among poor households, because they spend a higher share of their income on food. This report, simulates, with a demand system, the effects of an increase in the price of food commodities. The data used were collected for the evaluation of a social protection policy, the Child Grants Programme, which offers unconditional cash transfers to poor households with orphans and vulnerable children.
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    Impact of increasing prices of agricultural commodities on poverty
    Panagiotis Karfakis, Jackeline Velazco, Esteban Moreno, Katia Covarrubias
    2011
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    The paper attempts to identify the groups of households that most likely will face positive or negative welfare consequences as a result of food price increases. Using data from household surveys and differentiating urban from rural areas as well as food buyers from food sellers, the analysis presents preliminary evidence, showing that when the short run effects on consumption are considered, household welfare is expected to decrease, threatening initially food security. Real benefits are expect ed to occur for selected household groups, as soon as some second round effects, that transform the production structure, are considered. Market participation is critical for small land holders to capitalize potential benefits. Irregular wage earners may also gain from the price increases as long as expansion of the food producing sectors takes place in the parts of the developing countries that agriculture is the dominant source of income. Nevertheless it cannot be neglected that appropriation of the benefits, requires sufficient transmission of the price increases to the farm gate. On the other hand, and unless substantive action is taken, urban poverty is expected to increase given that almost uniformly, populations in such areas are net buyers of food.
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    FPMA Bulletin #7, 10 August 2017 2017
    International prices of wheat rose further in July on quality concerns, particularly for higher protein wheat, although upward pressure was limited by prospects of ample global supplies. Export prices of maize remained generally unchanged, while a slowdown in demand capped gains in rice quotations. In East Africa, prices of cereals in most countries declined significantly for the second consecutive month in July with the new harvests, but remained generally higher than a year earlier. However, i n Ethiopia, prices of maize surged further and reached record levels, underpinned by uncertain prospects for the 2017 crops. In the CIS, prices of staple potatoes declined sharply from the record or near-record highs of June in most countries of the subregion with the beginning of the new harvest. Prices, however, remained higher than in July last year after the sharp increases of the past months.

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