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Examining the Link between Food Prices and Food Insecurity: A Multi-Level Analysis of Maize Price and Birthweight in Kenya

This study examines the relationship between the price of maize and low birth weight to help quantify the impact of local food prices on one outcome of household food insecurity. The results of several regression models highlight the importance of including community crop production to evaluate maize price impacts on low birth weight outcomes. Because of the positive correlation between pre-pregnancy maize prices and birth weight, the results suggest that some households may benefit from high prices or that high prices may impact the number of conceptions.

Grace, K., Brown, M., & McNally, A. (2014). Food Policy. Vol. 46. pp. 56-65.