Notification

23 million people in the Horn, East and Central Africa are facing facing severe levels of hunger. Donate now.

Overview

Half a decade after the price spike of 2007-2008, food price volatility has become the new norm: people have come to expect food prices to rise and fall rapidly, though nobody knows by how much or when. So what does the accumulation of food price rises mean for well-being and development in developing countries? And what can be done to improve life in a time of food price volatility?

Squeezed provides some preliminary answers to these big development questions, based on the first year results of a four-year project conducted across 10 countries with different levels of exposure to price rises. While high and rising food prices no longer come as a surprise, rapid price changes and the cumulative effects of five years’ worth of price rises are still squeezing those on low incomes.

In areas of life neglected by policy - especially domestic care work and informal social safety nets - Squeezed provides reasons to prepare for the next food price spike and provides recommendations for how best to do so, including:

  • widening social assistance for the most vulnerable;
  • being ready with temporary spike-proofing measures;
  • monitoring the real impacts on people’s lives and wellbeing;
  • rethinking social protection policy to ‘crowd-in’ care and informal social assistance; and
  • enabling people to participate in policies to tackle food price volatility.

Oxfam will also publish the country reports that contributed to this research as they become available.

Additional details

How to cite this resource

Citation styles vary so we recommend you check what is appropriate for your context.  You may choose to cite Oxfam resources as follows:

Author(s)/Editor(s). (Year of publication). Title and sub-title. Place of publication: name of publisher. DOI (where available). URL

Our FAQs page has some examples of this approach.

Related resources

Here are similar items you might be interested in.

Browse all resources