Nutritional impacts of rising food prices in African countries

a review

Xiaohua Yu, Satoru Shimokawa

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    Abstract

    This paper investigates the influences of food price spikes on nutritional outcomes in six African countries: DR Congo, Ethiopia, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda. Drawing on the estimates of food demand elasticity with respect to food prices in previous studies, we constructed the elasticity of calorie and protein consumption with respect to food prices. We find that, while increasing cereal prices has the largest negative influences on both calorie and protein consumption in all the countries, the magnitude of the influences may differ by regions and the country’s dietary patterns. The negative influences are particularly large in rural areas and in the countries whose diets highly depend on a single staple cereal while small in the countries whose diets have alternative staple foods. Our findings highlight the importance of stabilizing cereal prices to reduce calorie deficiency while it may not be enough to improve protein deficiency.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)985-997
    Number of pages13
    JournalFood Security
    Volume8
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2016 Oct 1

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    food prices
    food
    Food
    cereal
    elasticities
    Elasticity
    demand elasticities
    protein deficiencies
    Democratic Republic of the Congo
    Malawi
    staple foods
    staples
    protein
    Uganda
    Tanzania
    eating habits
    Ethiopia
    rural areas
    diet
    Nigeria

    Keywords

    • African countries
    • Calories
    • Nutritional impacts
    • Protein
    • Rising food prices

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Food Science
    • Development
    • Agronomy and Crop Science

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    Nutritional impacts of rising food prices in African countries : a review. / Yu, Xiaohua; Shimokawa, Satoru.

    In: Food Security, Vol. 8, No. 5, 01.10.2016, p. 985-997.

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