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Type Conference Paper - 4th AIEAA Conference “Innovation, productivity and growth: towards sustainable agri-food production”
Title Price Shocks, Vulnerability and Food and Nutrition Security among Rural and Urban Households in Tanzania
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2015
City Ancona
Country/State Italy
URL http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/bitstream/207281/2/Price Shocks, Vulnerability and Food and Nutrition​Security among Rural and Urban Households in Tanzania.pdf
Global food price fluctuations have increased substantially over the last decade leading to significantly high prices within
the developing countries. Tanzania is not an exception, since the recent food price surges made it one of the most affected
countries in SSA. This paper investigates the impact of the recent food price crisis on the quantity and quality of the
dietary composition of rural and urban households in Tanzania, since excessive food price movements are likely to harm
most vulnerable households. Results using household data from the 2008/09, 2010/11 and 2012/13 waves of the Tanzania
National Panel Survey show that urban households are more vulnerable than rural households to food price shocks.
Moreover, we find evidence that price movements negatively affected also the quality of the diet, in particular, looking at
the regional distribution, fats, calcium and vitamin A were the most cutback macro and micronutrients. Short-term policy
measures, such as food fortification or micro-nutrient supplementation programmes are needed to strengthen diet
diversity and micronutrient intake of Tanzanian vulnerable households and to improve the ability of poor to cope better
with food price instability.

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