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FAO’s initiative on soaring food prices. Guide for policy and programmatic actions at country level to address high food prices

This guide is designed for those involved in developing action plans to address the current issue of high food prices. It is divided into three parts. The first part provides background information on the context, purpose, audience and structure of the guide. The second part provides some essential remarks on processes that lead to decisions on actions to be taken as well as the analytical underpinning required to ensure that instruments used are well adapted to the specific conditions within the country.

The third part looks at instruments that could be used to immediately address high food prices. They are classified by the domain of intervention (macro-economy, trade, measures in favour of consumption and production). The instruments are reviewed in isolation. Therefore, it has the limitation of not focusing on possible synergies or contradictory effects that some instruments may have if used simultaneously in a country. It also does not examine the effects decisions made by countries may have at regional or global level.

Date
2011
Publisher
FAO
Region
Global
Policy Theme