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Rising Food Prices: Cause for Concern

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Type: Working Paper
Author: Wiggins, Steve; Levy, Stephanie
Date: 2008
Agency: Overseas Development Institute, London
Series: Natural Resource Perspectives, no. 115
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/4223
Sector: Social Organization
Subject(s): agriculture--policy
food supply--policy
world economy
international development
Abstract: "The current spike in food prices needs prompt reaction through various forms of social protection to avert poverty and hunger. Prices are soon likely to fall somewhat, but not to their previous levels. Higher prices mean problems for three groups: poor households struggling to cope with higher costs of food; governments of low income food-importing countries facing higher import bills and higher energy prices; and agencies such as the World Food Programme (WFP) that use food aid to combat food emergencies."

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