The Impact of Economic Shocks on Global Undernourishment

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Sailesh Tiwari

World Bank; Brown University - Department of Economics

Hassan Zaman

World Bank

Date Written: February 1, 2010

Abstract

This paper estimates the impact of the 2008 food price spike and the 2009 contraction in global growth on undernourishment rates. The analysis is based on a methodology that uses a calorie-income relationship and income distribution data. The authors find that the 2008 global food price spike may have increased global undernourishment by about 6.8 percent, or 63 million people. Moreover, they show that the sharp slowdown in global growth in 2009 could have contributed to 41 million more undernourished people compared with what would have happened if the economic crisis had not occurred.

Keywords: Food & Beverage Industry, Markets and Market Access, Emerging Markets, Economic Theory & Research, Regional Economic Development

Suggested Citation

Tiwari, Sailesh and Zaman, Hassan, The Impact of Economic Shocks on Global Undernourishment (February 1, 2010). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 5215, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1559733

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