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Lessons from the 2008 Global Food Crisis: Agro-Food Dynamics in Mali
Development in Practice (2011)
  • William G Moseley, Macalester College

High food prices in 2008 touched off food riots around the world, with urban West Africa arguably suffering many of these disturbances. Urban Mali appears to have been spared the worst of this crisis as consumers shifted from rice to sorghum, a grain whose production increased steeply as cotton production collapsed in the wake of lower global prices for this commodity. This paper comments on the ‘rice bias’ in policy circles, the tension between the cotton and food production, and the hidden blessing of geographic isolation. The findings are based on household surveys and analysis of national level production data.

  • Africa,
  • cotton,
  • food security,
  • food sovereignty,
  • rice
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William G Moseley. "Lessons from the 2008 Global Food Crisis: Agro-Food Dynamics in Mali" Development in Practice Vol. 21 Iss. 4-5 (2011)
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