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Produce for sale at local market in Malawi.

Higher food prices are good for the poor... in the long run

Note: A modified version of this story  originally appeared on Dani Rodrik’s weblog  on March 28, 2014. Since the poor spend a greater share of their household incomes on purchasing food, higher food prices must exacerbate poverty, right? Wrong... at…


Onions Bring Tears to the Indian Government

As a staple food in India, onions are relied upon by the wealthy, the poor, and everyone in-between. Skyrocketing onion prices mean a drastic cut in the quality of life for some, and hunger for many. In recent months, onion prices in the country have…


Price Spikes, Volatility, and Global Food Markets

The 2007-2008 and 2010-2011 food price crises have had lasting impacts on global food security, and the world will likely continue to face high prices and price volatility, given the global food economy’s structure. Since 2001, food price volatility…


Climate Change in Yemen

The new IFPRI  Discussion Paper  “Climate Change and Floods in Yemen” by  Manfred Wiebelt,  Clemens Breisinger,  Olivier Ecker, Perrihan Al-Riffai,  Richard Robertson , and Ranier Thiele  assesses the impact of climate change on Yemen’s economy and food…


Paying the Price for Eating Meat

“Eating meat is something new now,” states Joel E. Cohen during the first annual Malthus Lecture titled “Meat,” which was delivered on March 3, 2010 in Washington, DC. According to Cohen, the Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of Populations at The…