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The impact of the global food crisis on self-assessed food security

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  • Headey, Derek D.

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The paper provides the first large-scale survey-based evidence on the impact of the global food crisis of 2007-08 using an indicator of self-assessed food security from the Gallup World Poll. For the sampled countries as a whole, this subjective indicator of food security remained the same or even improved, seemingly owing to a combination of strong economic growth and limited food inflation in some of the most populous countries, particularly India. However, these favorable global trends mask divergent trends at the national and regional levels, with a number of countries reporting substantial deterioration in food security. The impacts of the global crisis therefore appear to be highly context specific.

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Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 6329.

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Date of creation: 01 Jan 2013
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Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:6329

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Keywords: Food&Beverage Industry; Food Security; Rural Poverty Reduction; Nutrition; Food&Nutrition Policy;

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  1. Karapinar, Baris & Tanaka, Tetsuji, 2013. "How to Improve World Food Supply Stability Under Future Uncertainty: Potential Role of WTO Regulation on Export Restrictions in Rice," 135th Seminar, August 28-30, 2013, Belgrade, Serbia, European Association of Agricultural Economists 160387, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
  2. Sonia, Akter & Syed Abul, Basher, 2013. "The impacts of the global food and financial crises on household food security and economic well-being: evidence from Bangladesh," MPRA Paper 47859, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Headey, Derek D., 2014. "Food prices and poverty reduction in the long run:," IFPRI discussion papers, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) 1331, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

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