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A Typology for Price-related Food and Nutrition Risks and Policy Responses


  • Lukas Kornher
  • Matthias Kalkuhl


This paper takes a closer look at price-related food insecurity by looking at commodity prices instead of the national food price indices which are under suspicion of being not representative for poor consumers. A typology is developed that distinguishes between general price instability, seasonal price instability, and price uncertainty. The typology provides an indication of the potential of policy instruments to reduce food price volatility. The paper provides a description to the database which is the product of the analysis.

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  • Lukas Kornher & Matthias Kalkuhl, 2015. "A Typology for Price-related Food and Nutrition Risks and Policy Responses," FOODSECURE Technical papers 5, LEI Wageningen UR.
  • Handle: RePEc:fsc:fstech:5

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    • Q18 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Policy; Food Policy

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