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The increasing cost of basic food commodities is the single most severe threat to standard of living in developing countries. In a country such as Pakistan where 50-80% of their income is spent on food, this presents a daunting challenge to livelihoods and contributes to the huge economic inflation currently experienced in Pakistan. The price of wheat flour, which is the country’s staple food continues to skyrocket amidst government and international efforts to stabilise commodity prices. What is the root cause of these commodity price hikes within the context of the global food crises and what are its impacts on Pakistan’s masses? Based on analysis of secodary data from various government Ministries in Pakistan, a thorough press/media review and an in-depth literature review, this report employs a diagnostic approach to answer some of these questions by providing an in-depth analysis of the food crisis in Pakistan, its effects and suggestions of possible solutions.

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