The 2008/09 Food Price and Food Security Situation in Eastern and Southern Africa: Implications for Immediate and Longer Run Responses
May 1, 2009 - Author: T.S. Jayne, Antony Chapoto, Isaac Minde, and Cynthia Donovan
IDWP 97. T.S. Jayne, Antony Chapoto, Isaac Minde, and Cynthia Donovan. Michigan State University. 2008. The 2008/09 Food Price and Food Security Situation in Eastern and Southern Africa: Implications for Immediate and Longer Run Responses.
The dramatic rise in world food prices since 2007 has commanded the world’s attention.
However, in recent months, world food prices have fallen almost as rapidly as they had risen
in late 2007 and early 2008, yet as is demonstrated in this report, domestic food price levels
in many eastern and southern African markets are not closely tracking world prices.
Fertilizer prices remain at unprecedentedly high levels and may have a critical influence on
future food production levels in the region. Against this backdrop, there is an urgent need for
information about how the current food situation is unfolding in the region, the immediate
policy response options, and the longer-term challenges and opportunities.
This study has three objectives: 1) to examine the impact of recent world food price changes
on domestic maize and fertilizer prices in the region; 2) to assess possible changes in
cropping patterns, national food production, and consumers’ access to food in light of these
price movements; and 3) to consider the implications for policy and program response by
governments, donors, and the private sector.