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Impacts of the Global Food Price Crisis on Household Welfare and Poverty in Lao PDR

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  • Shinya TAKAMATSU

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This paper evaluates the impacts of the 2007-2008 food price crisis, especially price increases of rice, on household welfare and poverty in Laos that is atypical in that glutinous rice is the main staple. With a nationally representative household survey, net sellers and buyers of ordinary and glutinous rice are identified, and consumer and producer price data are analyzed. The study found that the impact of the food price crisis in 2007-2008 was negligible. This is mainly because the role of ordinary rice in sales and purchases in Laos is not as significant as in other Southeast Asian countries. However, with hypothetical higher growth rates for increases of glutinous rice, the change in household welfare for the average Lao household is neutral, but it is positive in rural areas and negative in urban areas.

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  • Shinya TAKAMATSU, 2018. "Impacts of the Global Food Price Crisis on Household Welfare and Poverty in Lao PDR," GSICS Working Paper Series 33, Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies, Kobe University.
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