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Effects of Food Prices on Under-five and Infant Mortality Rates in Sub-Saharan Africa

Anthony Akinlo and Ibrahim Odusanya ()

African Journal of Economic Review, 2016, vol. 04, issue 1

Abstract: Over the years, the rising food prices coupled with the prevailing food insecurity in the entire Sub-Saharan Africa region are perceived to be having debilitating effects on nutrition and health outcomes. This paper therefore examines the impact of rising food prices on under-five and infant mortality rates in 31 selected sub-Saharan African countries for the period 2001-2012 using the fixed effects, random effects, difference GMM and the system GMM. The results show that rising food prices exert significant adverse effects on both infant and under-five mortality rates in Sub-Saharan Africa. The paper suggests the need for increased government’s efforts toward increased food supply and urgent nutritional support involving nutrient-rich-food items to the target groups

Keywords: Demand and Price Analysis; Health Economics and Policy; Labor and Human Capital (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.264420

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