Food Costs during the Food Crisis: The Case of Tanzania

aDPR International and former Chief of Party of the USAID Tanzania SERA Policy Project. Email:
bFormer Policy Analyst of the USAID Tanzania SERA Policy Project. Email:
cFormer Senior Economist, USDA/ERS, Washington, DC, USA

World Agricultural Resources and Food Security

ISBN: 978-1-78714-516-0, eISBN: 978-1-78714-515-3

ISSN: 1574-8715

Publication date: 15 July 2017

Abstract

The purpose of this chapter is to examine the impact of the global food crisis of 2007–2008 on Tanzania’s real retail-food prices and on the cost of the typical food basket. The methodological approach is to compare real retail-food prices and food-basket costs in 20 regions of Tanzania with global food prices. The findings are that the global food crisis of 2007–2008 did not significantly cause food prices in Tanzania to increase and that domestic factors were more important drivers of food prices and food-basket costs. The social implication is that the impacts of the global food crisis on food prices and food-basket costs in developing countries may have been overestimated in previous research and the policy responses of the global community may have been inappropriate.

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Mitchell, D., Kayombo, A. and Cochrane, N. (2017), "Food Costs during the Food Crisis: The Case of Tanzania", World Agricultural Resources and Food Security (Frontiers of Economics and Globalization, Vol. 17), Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 259-274. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1574-871520170000017017

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