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Part of the PEP-UNDP "Poverty and Social Impact Analysis" (PSIA) initiative, the aim of this study was to analyze the impact of rising food prices (of 2008-2009) and related government policy responses on poverty, vulnerability, inequality and child welfare in Togo. Using a partial equilibrium model and panel data, the researchers found that, on the one hand, the rise in food prices has affected the wellbeing of children and had negative effects on "net consumers", whilst, on the other hand, it has contributed to improve the welfare of farmers who are "net producers". The results show that the policy reforms implemented by of the government, especially the subsidies for agricultural inputs, have had a positive impact on overall poverty reduction in Togo. However, the researchers also find that targeted social safety nets programs are more likely to have a greater impact on poverty and children’s well-being than the costly regressive oil subsidies implemented by the government. Find out more about this project's outcomes and ensuing recommendations through the following PEP publication (working paper - in French : "Analyse de l'impact de la hausse mondiale des prix et des politiques de réponse du gouvernement sur la pauvreté'):

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