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n African Review of Economics and Finance - Food Security in Africa and Asia: Strategies for Small-scale Agricultural Development, Henk Bakker : book review

Volume 3, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2042-1478
  • E-ISSN: 2410-4906

Abstract

The global food crisis that hit us a couple of years ago was typified by a rise in food prices. The prices of cereals went through the roof. The price of wheat and maize doubled in the space of two years while for rice, prices tripled in the space of a few months (Headey, 2011). Africa and Asia were the worst hit continents. There, some 105 million people were added to the category of people usually labelled poor - as a result of the crisis (Agarwal, 2011). Experts predict that the situation will worsen in the future. In South Asia alone, an estimated 50 per cent decline in the production of wheat is anticipated around 2050 (Hanjra and Qureshe, 2010). A political economic analysis of the situation is useful, not only to understand causes and consequences, but also to appreciate distribution over space and time, across regions and between genders.

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2011-12-01
2020-08-13

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