Did trade-policy responses to food-price spikes reduce poverty?

Kym Anderson, Maros Ivanic , Will Martin, 3 August 2013



Food prices in international markets have spiked three times in the past five years: in mid-2008, early 2011 and mid-2012 (Figure 1). The first prompted urban riots in dozens of developing countries when rice prices more than doubled. It may even have contributed to the unrest that led to the Arab Spring.

Topics: Development, International trade
Tags: food prices, Poverty, trade policy

Using water resources efficiently on a global scale

Peter Debaere, 22 August 2012



As the severe drought in key US farming states continues, worries mount over rising food prices. This recent drought is but one of many events that underscore how freshwater scarcity will be a major challenge of the 21st century. Almost one fifth of the world’s population currently suffers the consequences of water scarcity, and this number is expected to increase (UNESCO 2009).

Topics: Environment, International trade
Tags: food prices, global resources, water

Agricultural trade distortions during the global financial crisis

Kym Anderson, Signe Nelgen, 12 August 2012

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Topics: International trade
Tags: export barriers, food prices

Export policy and food price escalation

Nadia Rocha, Paolo Giordani, Michele Ruta, 9 May 2012



International food prices have been a key policy concern in recent times (Evenett and Jenny 2012). Figure 1 shows why. During the periods 2006-7 and 2008-10, international food prices shot up by well over 50%. If we compare these prices with those of the last two decades, the label ‘food crises’ does not seem overblown.

Topics: International trade
Tags: export policy, food crises, food prices, protectionism

Trade, Competition, and the Pricing of Commodities

Simon J Evenett, Frédéric Jenny, 15 February 2012

Trade, Competition, and the Pricing of Commodities

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15 February 2012

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Topics: International trade
Tags: Cartels, CEPR, Commodity prices, CUTS, food prices, WTO

Soaring food and fuel prices: Their impact on public finances and other causes of persistently high consumer price inflation in North African and Middle Eastern countries

Marga Peeters, Ronald Albers, 23 February 2011



Just before the global crisis struck in September 2008, food and fuel prices soared, pushing up inflation in most countries (see for example, Tangermann 2008 and Conceição and Mendoza 2009 on this site).

Topics: Energy, Health economics, International trade
Tags: food crisis, food prices, fuel prices, Middle East, North Africa

Global food prices and inflation targeting

Luis AV Catão, Roberto Chang, 27 January 2011



The uneven recovery in advanced countries is hiding an issue that, while off the agenda in the last G20 meeting back in November, is arguably no less urgent for the global economy – namely, the rise in food prices.

Topics: International trade, Monetary policy
Tags: food prices, inflation, inflation targeting

Food Prices and Rural Poverty

M. Ataman Aksoy, Bernard Hoekman, 8 October 2010

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Topics: International trade, Poverty and income inequality
Tags: commodities, food prices, Poverty, World Bank, world trade

Reducing trade distortions could ease food price volatility

Kym Anderson, 13 November 2009



Every decade or two, food becomes newsworthy globally. Mostly it is because of a price spike, either downwards (hurting farmers in open economies, as in 1986) or upwards (hurting food consumers, as in 1973 and 2008).

Topics: International trade
Tags: agriculture liberalisation, food prices, trade policy

Are policymakers better equipped for the next food price crisis?

José Cuesta, 7 August 2009



It is extremely difficult to predict when a crisis will start or end. Even though there might be a consensus regarding its causes (Abbot et. al. 2009), there is typically less agreement on which one(s) dominate(s) and, consequently, which measures will effectively tackle them.

Topics: Development, Global economy
Tags: crisis intervention, food price crisis, food prices

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