Information to guide policy responses to higher global food prices: The data and analyses required

Todd Benson, Nicholas Minot, John Pender, Miguel Robles, Joachim von Braun

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National decision makers must understand the degree to which their country and population groups within it are exposed to the negative effects of higher global food prices or could exploit new economic opportunities offered by higher prices. This paper provides a conceptual overview of the range of data and analyses that will permit leaders and analysts serving them to assess the broad implications of higher global food prices for a country and its population groups. What we find is that there are a relatively small number of types of policy responses that governments might take in the face of a food price rise. Consequently, relatively well-defined sets of data need to be compiled and types of analyses used by government to generate the information needed to broadly guide efforts to prevent food price increases from becoming crises and to derive any possible benefits. International joint action can be employed profitably both to collect this data and to build national capacity to conduct the analyses needed to guide policy formulation and general program design in the face of the risks and the opportunities of higher food prices and to evaluate the effectiveness of those policy responses.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-58
Number of pages12
JournalFood Policy
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Analytical methods
  • Food price rise
  • Information needs
  • Policy response


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