Newsletter Dialogue Series. Issue no. 4, Volume XI, September 2011

The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) sponsored the cost of the study which forms the focus of the content of this publication. The Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation (CTA) focuses on the dissemination of information, working in the field of information for development. FANRPAN is a knowledge broker and in terms of its mandate of information dissemination and policy analysis uses advocacy tools such as a newsletter to reach its target audiences. It has harnessed the study that was sponsored by FAO and has published it as a newsletter. The printing of this newsletter was funded by CTA. FANRPAN has mobilized the synergy between these two stakeholders in order to generate and disseminate an advocacy tool that targets all stakeholders, especially those who are concerned with escalating food prices in an African context. This product is intended for wide dissemination involving a range of appropriate pla*orms. 

This newsletter outlines the policies pursued by four national governments in Africa to cushion their populations from the negative effects of high commodity prices; These are Malawi, Mozambique, Ethiopia and Swaziland. It draws conclusions about the experiences gained to assist policy makers facing similar scenarios in the future. As global food prices, measured by the FAO's Food Price Index, increased for the eighth consecutive month in February 2011, countries may be tempted to implement alarmist policy measures again.