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Food insecurity and its determinants

Warr, Peter

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Expansion of aggregate food supplies within developing countries themselves is strongly associated with reduced undernourishment. It is not sufficient to rely solely on aggregate economic growth or reductions in poverty incidence to deliver improved food security. But the evidence also shows that higher food prices significantly increase the rate of undernourishment. It is therefore important to stimulate agricultural output without raising domestic food prices. Improvements in agricultural...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorWarr, Peter
dc.date.accessioned2015-05-26T04:10:25Z
dc.date.available2015-05-26T04:10:25Z
dc.identifier.issn1364-985X
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/13596
dc.description.abstractExpansion of aggregate food supplies within developing countries themselves is strongly associated with reduced undernourishment. It is not sufficient to rely solely on aggregate economic growth or reductions in poverty incidence to deliver improved food security. But the evidence also shows that higher food prices significantly increase the rate of undernourishment. It is therefore important to stimulate agricultural output without raising domestic food prices. Improvements in agricultural productivity achieve that, but agricultural protection aimed at food self-sufficiency does not, because the objective of reducing imports is achieved through an increase in domestic food prices. Although this process delivers benefits to those food insecure people who are net sellers of food, in most poor countries their number is exceeded by the food insecure people who are net buyers of food. Increased food prices make the latter group more food insecure. Food self-sufficiency does not imply food security.
dc.publisherWiley
dc.rights© 2014 Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society Inc. http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/1364-985X/..."Pre-print...On author's personal website, institutional repositories, arXiv, AgEcon, PhilPapers, PubMed Central, RePEc or Social Science Research Network" from SHERPA/RoMEO site (as at 27/05/15)
dc.rightsThis is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: "Food insecurity and its determinants, Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Vol 58 Issue 4, p. 519-537.", which has been published in final form at https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8489.12073. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
dc.sourceAustralian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics
dc.subjectagricultural productivity
dc.subjectfood prices
dc.subjectfood security
dc.subjectpoverty incidence
dc.subjectundernourishment
dc.titleFood insecurity and its determinants
dc.typeJournal article
local.identifier.citationvolume58
dc.date.issued2014
local.identifier.absfor140201 - Agricultural Economics
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4002919xPUB528
local.publisher.urlhttp://au.wiley.com/WileyCDA/
local.type.statusSubmitted Version
local.contributor.affiliationWarr, P., Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University
local.bibliographicCitation.issue4
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage519
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage537
local.identifier.doi10.1111/1467-8489.12073
local.identifier.absseo910106 - Income Distribution
dc.date.updated2015-12-10T07:53:25Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-84925739087
local.identifier.thomsonID000344381800003
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