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Johnston, Deborah and Walls, Helen (2019) 'Economic Policy and Food Security in Ethiopia.' In: Cheru, Fantu, Cramer, Christopher and Oqubay, Arkebe, (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of the Ethiopian Economy. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 383-398.

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Ethiopia has an integrated approach to addressing nutrition. However, greater clarity is needed on the wider impact of policy on food and nutrition. We focus on the interrelationship between economic policy and nutrition policy (defined as including all food- and nutrition-relevant policy). While Ethiopia’s policy has had notable successes, particularly with addressing stunting, two key challenges remain. First, some indicators such as wasting and anaemia in children under five have shown far less improvement. Second, the bottom quintile of children has seen far more limited general improvement than the population as a whole. We argue that the focus of government policy needs to shift from food availability to broader issues of food acquisition and particularly food affordability, which is mediated through food prices and waged employment. Of particular concern is the rising price of animal-source products and other non-staple foods, which may be related to the challenges of addressing some nutritional indicators.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Keywords: Ethiopia, nutrition, nutrition security, food security, nutrition policy, food policy, food environments, food price, diet quality, dietary diversity
SOAS Departments & Centres: Administration and Professional Services > Governance and Compliance
Departments and Subunits > Department of Economics
Departments and Subunits > Department of Development Studies
ISBN: 9780198814986
Copyright Statement: © Oxford University Press 2019. This is the accepted version of a chapter published by Oxford University Press in the book 'The Oxford Handbook of the Ethiopian Economy' edited by Fantu Cheru, Christopher Cramer, and Arkebe Oqubay.
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Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2019 08:56

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