Implications of Higher Global Food Prices for Poverty in Low-Income Countries

Reports
Sectors:
Agriculture, Social Protection
Organization:
World Bank Group (WBG)
Author:
Maros Ivanic and Will Martin
Regions:
Global
Publication Dates:
April, 2008
Content Formats:
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This working paper analyzes the impact of recent increases in prices of staple foods on incomes of food sellers and net food consumers, both of whom are relatively poor. Results show that povety increases are much more frequent, and larger, than poverty reductions. In addition, the recent increases in food prices appear to raise overall poverty in low income countries substantially.

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