‘Squeezed’: how are poor people adjusting to life in a time of food price volatility?

After five years of global food price hikes the experience of being ‘squeezed’ is increasingly the same whether you are struggling to make ends meet in London or Nairobi, according to Naomi Hossain… What do you think?

Participation, Power and Social Change Research at IDS

Naomi HossainNaomi Hossain

This blog also appeared today, 23rd May 2013, on Duncan Green’s blog‘From Poverty to Power’.

If the point of development is to make the Third World more like the First, then we aid-wallahs can pack our bags and go home. Job done.

The most striking finding of Squeezed, the first year results from the four year Life in a Time of Food Price Volatility research project, is how like the people of the post-industrial North the people from the proto-industrial South now sound:

  • Stressed and tired
  • Juggling work and home
  • Surrounded by selfish individualists, led by uncaring politicians
  • In strained relationships
  • Constantly pressed for time
  • Never enough money, even for the basics.

‘Squeezed’ is how the UK has been describing its middle classes, beset by austerity and recession. But the countries in our research have high growth rates and apparently a lot of poverty reduction

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