West African Experience with the World Rice Crisis, 2007-2008

26 Pages Posted: 27 Apr 2011

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Jenny C. Aker

Tufts University - The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy; Center for Global Development

Steven Block

Tufts University - The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Vijaya Ramachandran

Center for Global Development

C. Peter Timmer

Harvard University - Department of Economics

Date Written: February 14, 2011

Abstract

Rice production in Africa has tended to be low-yielding, geographically dispersed, and uncompetitive against low-cost Asian imports, even when protected by high freight costs and substantial trade barriers. Skyrocketing prices in world markets in 2007-08 were a shock to African consumers, producers, and governments alike. When international rice prices were relatively low, rice imports did not pose economic or political problems for West African governments. Extremely expensive imports reverse that equation. This paper addresses the response to that reversal first by presenting a historical review of trends in the West African rice sector and, second, by assessing the effect of world rice prices on domestic prices, primarily at the consumer level.

Keywords: West Africa, rice, food crisis, markets

Suggested Citation

Aker, Jenny C. and Block, Steven and Ramachandran, Vijaya and Timmer, C. Peter, West African Experience with the World Rice Crisis, 2007-2008 (February 14, 2011). Center for Global Development Working Paper No. 242. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1824620 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1824620

Jenny C. Aker (Contact Author)

Tufts University - The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy ( email )

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Steven Block

Tufts University - The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy ( email )

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Vijaya Ramachandran

Center for Global Development ( email )

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C. Peter Timmer

Harvard University - Department of Economics

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