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Managing Food Price Instability in Asia: A Macro Food Security Perspective

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  • C. Peter Timmer
  • David Dawe

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The present paper describes the benefits and costs, in qualitative terms, of managing food price instability in Asia in the context of promoting economic growth and poverty reduction to improve food security. The experience of Asian governments in actual practice with price stabilization is discussed in the context of managing an efficient transition to market‐mediated food security. Recent experience in Indonesia, where a sharp increase in rice prices (caused by a ban on rice imports) pushed 4 million people into poverty, provides continued motivation for the analytical story in this paper.

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  • C. Peter Timmer & David Dawe, 2007. "Managing Food Price Instability in Asia: A Macro Food Security Perspective," Asian Economic Journal, East Asian Economic Association, vol. 21(1), pages 1-18, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:asiaec:v:21:y:2007:i:1:p:1-18
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8381.2007.00244.x
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