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Provedor de dados:  AgEcon
País:  United States
Título:  Food Security in Afghanistan: Household-level Evidence from the 2007-08 Food Price Crisis
Autores:  D'Souza, Anna
Jolliffe, Dean
Data:  2010-04-30
Ano:  2010
Palavras-chave:  Food security
High food prices
Nutrition
Poverty
Afghanistan
Consumer/Household Economics
Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety
Food Security and Poverty
International Development
D12
I3
Resumo:  Replaced with revised version of paper 10/20/10.

Former title: Price Shocks, Food Security, and Coping Mechanisms: Household Evidence from Afghanistan

This paper investigates the impact of rising food prices – during the 2007/08 global food crisis – on food security in Afghanistan. Exploiting the temporal stratification of a unique nationally-representative household survey, we find evidence of large declines in real per capita food consumption and in food security (i.e., per capita calorie intake and household dietary diversity) corresponding to the price shocks. The data reveal smaller price elasticities with respect to calories than with respect to food consumption, suggesting that households trade off quality for quantity as they move towards staple foods and away from nutrient-rich foods such as meat and vegetables. In addition, we observe Giffen good properties, i.e., increased demand in the face of price increases, for staple foods (wheat) in urban areas. Our work improves upon country-level simulation studies by providing estimates of actual household wellbeing before and during the height of the global food crisis in one of the world’s poorest, most food-insecure countries.
Tipo:  Conference Paper or Presentation
Idioma:  Inglês
Identificador:  http://purl.umn.edu/61139
Relação:  Agricultural and Applied Economics Association>2010 Annual Meeting, July 25-27, 2010, Denver, Colorado
Selected Paper
10981
Formato:  39
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