State Intervention for Food Price Stabilisation in Africa: Can it Work?
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Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine - Centre for Development and Poverty Reduction
Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
Centre for Development, Environment & Policy
Food Policy, Vol. 31, No. 4, pp. 342–356, 2006
Although its arguments may have more general applicability, this paper discusses the desirability and options for the stabilisation of staple food prices principally in Eastern and Southern Africa. It addresses three broad questions: (i) why is stabilisation of food (grain) prices desirable? (ii) what is technically feasible? and (iii) can the governance and trade issues thrown up by suggested mechanisms be solved? It considers a number of options for price stabilisation, assessing the strengths and weaknesses of each and suggesting situations in which each may be appropriate.
Keywords: Food price stabilisation, Africa, State
JEL Classification: O10, O13working papers series
Date posted: April 19, 2011
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