How Can We Avoid Another Food Crisis in Niger?

Aker, Jenny C

from ARE Update Vol. 12, No. 1, Sep/Oct, 2008

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With increasing concerns over the impact of higher global food prices on poor countries, lessons learned from previous food crises can be instructive. This research analyzes grain market performance in Niger during its 2005 food crisis. The research provides evidence that local grain markets are highly responsive to national and subregional production and price shocks. This suggests local early warning systems should monitor the spatial impact of drought and prices in key national and sub-regional markets. In addition, policies regarding the impact of local purchases and regional trade need to be carefully examined and discussed.


global food prices, Niger, grain markets


Aker, Jenny C. 2008. "How Can We Avoid Another Food Crisis in Niger?" ARE Update 12(1): 7-10. University of California Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics.