Journal Article

Precarious Lives: Or Why it’s Vital to Protect the Right to Food in the Face of Market Volatility

Published on 2 May 2017

The global food crisis of 2007-11 left food prices higher and more volatile than they had been for a generation.

The Life in a Time of Food Price Volatility project explored the everyday aspects of people’s lives, as they responded to this change in prices. The project found that people are no longer experiencing price rises as shocks but rather as a constant pressure, particularly as wages are not rising as fast as the growing cost of living.


Patta Scott-Villiers

Research Fellow

Emilie Wilson

Communications and Impact Officer

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published by
IDS and Oxfam
Wilson, E. and Scott Villiers, Patta


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