Food Prices and Population Health in Developing Countries: An Investigation of the Effects of the Food Crisis Using a Panel Analysis

Date: September 2013
Type: Papers and Briefs
Subject:
Series: Economics Working Papers
ISSN: 1655-5252 (print)
Author: Lee, Suejin; Lim, Jae-Young; Lee, Hyun-Hoon; Park, Cyn-Young

Description

High food prices can be an immediate threat to household food security, undermining population health, retarding human development, and lowering labor productivity for the economy in the long term. The authors employ a panel dataset covering 63 developing countries from 2001 to 2010 to make a comprehensive assessment of the effects of food price inflation and volatility on population health measured by infant mortality rate, child mortality rate, and the prevalence of undernourishment. They find that rising food prices have a significant and adverse effect on all three health indicators in developing countries. Furthermore, the impact of food prices is severer in the least developing countries although the effect is moderated in countries with a greater share of agriculture in gross domestic product.

See also:

Food Security in Asia and the Pacific
Bilateral Trade and Food Security
Rice Trade and Price Volatility: Implications on ASEAN and Global Food Security
Poverty and Food Security in India
Examining the Determinants of Food Prices in Developing Asia
Safety Nets and Food Programs in Asia: A Comparative Perspective
International Trade and Risk Sharing in the Global Rice Market: The Impact of Foreign and Domestic Supply Shocks
International Transmission of Food Prices and Volatilities: A Panel Analysis
The Transformation of Rice Value Chains in Bangladesh and India: Implications for Food Security
Overcoming Critical Constraints to Sustaining Productivity Growth in Key Commodities of Asia and the Pacific

Contents

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Food, Nutrition, and Health in Developing Countries
  • Empirical Analysis
  • Summary and Policy Implications
  • Appendixes
  • References