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Dramatic increases in food prices, as witnessed on a global scale in recent years, threaten the food security of hundreds of millions of the rural poor in Sub-Saharan Africa alone. This book focuses on recent food and financial crises as they have affected Africa, illustrating the problems using country case studies, that cover their origins, effects on agriculture and rural poverty, their underlying factors and making recommendations as to how such crises could best be addressed in the future.
Ch. 1: "The Food and Financial Crises and Their Impacts on Sub-Saharan Africa: Background and Overview" Ch. 2: "The Impact of the Crises on Africa and the Implications for Achieving the Millennium Development Goals" Ch. 3: "Food Prices and Economic Crises: Causes and Consequences for Food Security in Developing Countries"* Ch. 4: "Future Challenges for the World Food Economy and Sub-Saharan Africa: Major Environmental and Socio-Economic Drivers of Change"* Ch. 5: "Origins and Impacts of the World Financial Crisis"* Ch. 6: "The Food Price Crisis and Complex Derivatives: A Tale of High Stakes Innovation and Diversification"* Ch. 7: "Agricultural Productivity in Sub-Saharan Africa"* Ch. 8: "Are Staple Foods Becoming More Expensive for Urban Consumers in Eastern and Southern Africa? Trends in Food Prices, Marketing Margins, and Wage Rates in Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, and Zambia"* Ch. 9: "The Impact of Inflation on Nutritionally Vulnerable Households in South Africa"* Ch. 10: "The Short-term Impact of Higher Food Prices on Poverty in Uganda"* Ch. 11: "Africa's Turn: From Crisis to Opportunity in African Agriculture"* Ch. 12: "The Role of Public Policies and Policy Makers in Africa: Responding to the Food and Financial Crisis"* Ch. 13: "Avoiding the Next Crisis: Needed Policy Redirections"