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The impact of economic shocks on global undernourishment

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  • Tiwari, Sailesh
  • Zaman, Hassan

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This paper estimates the impact of the 2008 food price spike and the 2009 contraction in global growth on undernourishment rates. The analysis is based on a methodology that uses a calorie-income relationship and income distribution data. The authors find that the 2008 global food price spike may have increased global undernourishment by about 6.8 percent, or 63 million people. Moreover, they show that the sharp slowdown in global growth in 2009 could have contributed to 41 million more undernourished people compared with what would have happened if the economic crisis had not occurred.

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Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 5215.

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Date of creation: 01 Feb 2010
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Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:5215

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Keywords: Food&Beverage Industry; Markets and Market Access; Emerging Markets; Economic Theory&Research; Regional Economic Development;

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  1. Independent Evaluation Group, 2011. "The World Bank Group's Response to the Global Economic Crisis : Phase 1," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 2277, January.
  2. Cuesta, Jose, 2013. "Feeding five billion Asians : a socioeconomic perspective," Policy Research Working Paper Series 6328, The World Bank.
  3. Headey, Derek, 2011. "Was the Global Food Crisis Really a Crisis?: Simulations versus Self-Reporting," Research briefs 17, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
  4. Derek D. Headey, 2013. "The Impact of the Global Food Crisis on Self-Assessed Food Security," World Bank Economic Review, World Bank Group, vol. 27(1), pages 1-27.
  5. Ronald Mendoza & Ronald, 2010. "Inclusive Crises, Exclusive Recoveries, and Policies to Prevent a Double Whammy for the Poor," Working papers 1004, UNICEF,Division of Policy and Strategy.
  6. World Bank, 2012. "Responding to Higher and More Volatile World Food Prices," World Bank Other Operational Studies 12950, The World Bank.
  7. Skoufias, Emmanuel & Tiwari, Sailesh & Zaman, Hassan, 2011. "Can we rely on cash transfers to protect dietary diversity during food crises ? estimates from Indonesia," Policy Research Working Paper Series 5548, The World Bank.
  8. Ogundari, Kolawole, 2011. "Estimating Demand for Nutrients in Nigeria: A Vector Error Correction Model," MPRA Paper 28930, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  9. Isabel Ortiz & Jingqing Chai & Matthew Cummins, 2011. "Escalating Food Prices: The threat to poor households and policies to safeguard a Recovery for All," Working papers 1101, UNICEF,Division of Policy and Strategy.

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