Introducing a Special Issue of Agricultural Economics on the World Food Crisis of 2007-08

This issue of Agricultural Economics contains articles on the causes and effects of the spike in world food prices that occurred in 2007-08.  The extraordinary speed and magnitude of that crisis sparked a flow of applied research, and justified a major effort for our journal to publish the best new research as quickly as possible. The call for papers was issued in late July, papers were submitted in late August, and acceptances were issued in late September in time for publication in December.  We received more than 60 submissions.  All papers were subject to full, double-blind peer review, accomplished on an accelerated basis thanks to the extraordinary efforts of more than 100 referees.  The 15 articles published in the special issue represent the best work of our profession,  using a wide range of tools and datasets to quantify the drivers of price changes, their effects on consumers, and how governments have responded.  We are grateful to the authors, the anonymous referees, and to those who funded their work for the opportunity to publish the papers listed below.   

Will Masters and Jerry Shively
Co-Editors, Agricultural Economics


Agricultural Economics 39(s): November, 2008
(Published online December 2008)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the special issue on the world food crisis (p 373-374)
William A. Masters, Gerald E. Shively 

Anatomy of a crisis: the causes and consequences of surging food prices (p 375-391)
Derek Headey, Shenggen Fan

High food commodity prices: will they stay? who will pay? (p 393-403)
Joe Dewbre, Céline Giner, Wyatt Thompson, Martin Von Lampe

Implications of higher global food prices for poverty in low-income countries1 (p 405-416)
Maros Ivanic, Will Martin

The impact of food inflation on urban poverty and its monetary cost: some back-of-the-envelope calculations (p 417-429)
Sébastien Dessus, Santiago Herrera, Rafael de Hoyos

Is a slowdown in agricultural productivity growth contributing to the rise in commodity prices? (p 431-441)
Keith O. Fuglie

Food price increases and net food importing countries: lessons from the recent past (p 443-452)
Francis Ng, M. Ataman Aksoy

Fighting global food price rises in the developing world: the response of China and its effect on domestic and world markets (p 453-464)
Jun Yang, Huanguang Qiu, Jikun Huang, Scott Rozelle

The impact of food price increases on caloric intake in China (p 465-476)
Robert T. Jensen, Nolan H. Miller

Implications of high food prices for poverty in Pakistan (p 477-484)
Zahoor ul Haq, Hina Nazli, Karl Meilke

The effects of rising food prices on poverty in Mexico (p 485-496)
Jorge N. Valero-Gil, Magali Valero

Higher fuel and food prices: impacts and responses for Mozambique (p 497-511)
Channing Arndt, Rui Benfica, Nelson Maximiano, Antonio M. D. Nucifora, James T. Thurlow

Impacts in Uganda of rising global food prices: the role of diversified staples and limited price transmission (p 513-524)
Todd Benson, Samuel Mugarura, Kelly Wanda

World food prices and poverty incidence in a food exporting country: a multihousehold general equilibrium analysis for Thailand (p 525-537)
Peter Warr

Toward a green revolution in Africa: what would it achieve, and what would it require? (p 539-550)
Xinshen Diao, Derek Headey, Michael Johnson