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A Back of the Envelope Estimation of the Effect of Soaring Food Prices on World Hunger

  • Gustavo Anríquez

    (Agricultural and Development Economics Division, Food and Agriculture Organization)

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    This paper suggests a methodology for estimating the effects of higher food prices on global undernourishment. The paper also presents the results of its implementation. The merits and drawbacks of this methodology are also discussed. The estimations of the number of new undernourished as a result of the current agricultural commodity price boom should not be taken as official FAO estimates, but rather as an illustration of the proposed methodology, and the promotion of an ongoing discussion.

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    Paper provided by Agricultural and Development Economics Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO - ESA) in its series Working Papers with number 08-04.

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    Length: 18 pages
    Date of creation: 2008
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    Handle: RePEc:fao:wpaper:0804
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