Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/108000
Authors: 
Tschirley, David
Reardon, Thomas
Dolislager, Michael
Snyder, Jason
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
WIDER Working Paper 2014/119
Abstract: 
We examine the implications of the rise of a middle class in East and Southern Africa for food consumption patterns and the food system. A unique classification of food items shows that highly processed food has one-third of the purchased food market, with comparable shares in rural and urban areas (31 per cent vs 35 per cent), and among the vulnerable and upper middle classes (33 per cent vs 41 per cent). By linking FAOSTAT import data to consumption bundles, we show that the net import share falls with income in urban areas. Implications for food system change to 2040 are discussed.
Subjects: 
Africa
food imports
middle class
processed food
urbanization
JEL: 
D4
O12
O14
O18
Q13
Q18
ISBN: 
978-92-9230-840-7
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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