Food demand studies in sub-Saharan Africa: a survey of empirical evidence

Teklu, T. (1996) Food demand studies in sub-Saharan Africa: a survey of empirical evidence. Food Policy, 21 (6). 479 -496.

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The recent (since the mid-1980s) empirical food demand studies on sub-Saharan Africa show significant advances in demand specification and methodology, especially in the application of less restrictive and theoretically consistent flexible functional forms. The findings to date establish some broad patterns on effect of income, household demography and life cycle, location, and prices on food demand patterns and regional diversity in dietary patterns. However, the numerical values of the demand estimates are less generalizable because of an insufficient number of data points to separate the true demand component from other confounding factors, which are linked to differences in modelling and estimation of demand relations. The priority for future research is to generate sufficiently detailed demand estimates that have a high utility for disaggregated policy analysis, but are based on a theoretically consistent and comparable methodology

Item Type: Article
Author Affiliation: International Food Policy Research Institute, 1200 Seventeenth Street NW, Washington, DC 20036-3006, USA
Subjects: Postharvest Management > Food Technology
Divisions: General
Depositing User: Syamala
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2011 05:46
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2011 05:46
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