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Long-term impacts of an unanticipated risk event : the 2007/08 food price crisis and child growth in Indonesia

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  • Yamauchi,Futoshi
  • Larson,Donald F.

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Unanticipated spikes in food prices can increase malnutrition among the poor, with lasting consequences; however, livelihood strategies that include producing food for home consumption are expected to offer a measure of protection. Using anthropometric and consumption data from Indonesia collected before and after the 2007/08 food price crisis, this paper finds evidence of both effects. Based on standardized height and weight measures, the results indicate that soaring food prices had a significant and negative impact on child growth among non-farming households. A corresponding effect was undetectable for food-producing households. The results remain robust when income effects from increased commercial sales and possible attritions through migration and fostering are considered. Further, local food price changes were uncorrelated with the share of non-farming village households and the initial average child nutrition status in the village, suggesting that the observed outcomes are directly attributable to market events and livelihood strategies. Interestingly, gender differences were not detected. The findings imply that the food price crises can have negative impacts on children, potentially leading to lifelong income inequality among those affected at a vulnerable stage of life.

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  • Yamauchi,Futoshi & Larson,Donald F., 2016. "Long-term impacts of an unanticipated risk event : the 2007/08 food price crisis and child growth in Indonesia," Policy Research Working Paper Series 7627, The World Bank.
  • Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:7627
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    1. Larson,Donald F. & Muraoka,Rie & Otsuka,Keijiro, 2016. "On the central role of small farms in African rural development strategies," Policy Research Working Paper Series 7710, The World Bank.

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