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Agricultural policies for poverty reduction.

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This volume (consisting of 5 chapters, in addition to an introduction) is concerned with the role of agricultural policies in developing countries, with a focus on their potential for raising the incomes of agricultural and rural households and thereby reducing poverty. The welfare impacts of agricultural policies and commodity prices, the stabilization policies after the 2007-08 food crisis, and ...


Chapter 2 (Page no: 61)

Distributional impacts of commodity prices in developing countries.

In this chapter, household production and consumption data are combined with national price data to simulate the welfare effects of increases in staple prices. The focus is on the rural sectors of nine developing countries and on six types of staple crops. The results show that since most rural households are net buyers of staples, they stand to lose from higher staple prices in the short run. However, simulations of the 2007/2008 food price crisis suggest that the magnitude and timing of the welfare shocks depended heavily on the type of crops produced and consumed by each rural household. Simulations up to 2018 suggest higher future prices threatening welfare, but also creating opportunities for those who can increase staple production.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 23) A strategic framework for strengthening rural incomes in developing countries. Author(s): Brooks, J.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 89) The distributional implications of agricultural policies in developing countries - findings from the Development Policy Evaluation Model (DEVPEM). Author(s): Brooks, J. Filipski, M. Jonasson, E. Taylor, J. E.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 109) Stabilisation policies in developing countries after the 2007-08 food crisis. Author(s): Abbott, P.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 169) The use of input subsidies in low-income countries. Author(s): Wiggins, S. Brooks, J.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, Davis, California, USA.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2012
  • ISBN
  • 9781780641058
  • Record Number
  • 20123105269