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Michigan State University (2014)

Trends and determinants of food consumption patterns in West Africa

Me-Nsope, Nathalie Mongue

Titre : Trends and determinants of food consumption patterns in West Africa

Auteur : Me-Nsope, Nathalie Mongue

Etablissement de soutenance : Michigan State University

Grade : Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Agricultural Food and Resource Economics 2014

Résumé partiel
This dissertation examines food consumption patterns in the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS). The study provides detailed information on food demand parameters, which are critical to improving policymakers’ ability to make sound food policy decisions. Chapter 2 analyzes per capita food availability data from FAO’s food balance sheet (FBS) from 1980 through 2009. It identifies major contributors to diets and documents shifts in levels and composition of food supply at the country level. The analysis reveals : 1) a trend towards greater per capita calorie supplies for most countries ; 2) a diversification in the composition of food supply ; 3) a cassava revolution in some Coastal Non-Sahelian countries ; 4) some diet upgrading in terms of protein availability ; and 5) growth in daily fat supply per capita for most countries.Chapter 3 estimates the effects of urbanization and gross domestic product per capita on starchy staples (SS) demand in Senegal, Mali and Benin using an Error-Corrected Linearized Almost Ideal Demand System. Short-run and long run-elasticities are estimated using per capita food availability data obtained from FAO’s FBS and supplementary data. Support for a statistical association between urbanization and SS demand is found only in the case of millet in Mali. The results suggest mixed evidence on the effect of relative prices on SS demand and on substitution between coarse grains and rice. Evidence also supports more expenditure-elastic demand for millet and sorghum than for rice in Senegal and Mali, contrary to conventional expectations. Aggregate-level analysis of food demand ignores the effects of the distribution of income and of differences in food supply across regions on food demand. As a result, Chapter 4 uses Mali’s 2006 household budget survey data to estimate a censored Quadratic Almost Ideal Demand System model for cereals in Mali. Cereals demand parameters are estimated by rural/ urban location and by income group. All expenditure elasticities were positive, as expected. Uncompensated own-price elasticities also support downward-sloping demand curves for all cereals.


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