ERIC Number: ED281805
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: 0
The Impact of Changing Affluence on Diet and Demand Patterns for Agricultural Commodities. World Bank Staff Working Papers Number 785.
Chaudhri, Rajiv; Timmer, C. Peter
Demand for agricultural commodities, particularly for basic food-stuffs, depends on a household's income, competitive prices, and a set of unique household characteristics which include tastes, location, education, family composition, and farm status. This monograph reviews disaggregated evidence at the national level on the relative contribution of each of these factors and performs statistical analysis of national aggregate data in a search for reliable patterns in this contribution. The paper examines patterns of food consumption of the poor and confirms that the poor are significantly more responsive to economic signals than higher income households. The food consumption parameters of low-income groups can thus serve as the basis for designing targeted food interventions that improve nutritional status without distorting the rest of the economy--an important objective for food policy decisions and implementation. (Author)
Descriptors: Agriculture, Costs, Economically Disadvantaged, Food, Foreign Countries, Income, Nutrition, Socioeconomic Status, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: World Bank, Washington, DC.