Rising Food Prices and Their Implications for Education in Africa

By Hoda Abd El Hamid Ali.

Published by The International Journal of Educational Organization and Leadership

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Using cross-sectional data from sub-Saharan African countries from 2006–2009, this paper studies the relationship between food crisis and child education outcomes. Although the study finds a significant and negative direct impact of food crisis on primary completion rates in the region, the same cannot be said for primary enrollment rate and gender disparities. Even the highest food inflation, countries have achieved a slow progress in primary enrollment in the food crisis period. The results show that children enter schools, but parents may find it so costly to send them regularly, they drop out and never complete the primary level. The paper also finds that other factors such as per capita income, student expenditure, and government expenditure can be helpful in explaining the child education outcomes in the region. At the same time, our findings are sobering. In sub-Saharan African countries, international educational goals are unlikely to be reached by 2015, poor child education outcomes are frequently widespread, and there is urgent international financial support needed to help the region to attain quantum and quality of human capital.

Keywords: Food Crisis, Child Education Outcomes, International Educational Goals, Human Capital, Economic Development, Sub-Saharan African Countries, Poverty

The International Journal of Educational Organization and Leadership, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp.1-24. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 333.025KB).

Dr. Hoda Abd El Hamid Ali

Assistant Professor of Economics, Economics Department, Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration, Helwan University, Ain Helwan, Cairo, Egypt

Hoda Abd El Hamid Ali works as an assistant professor of economics in the faculty of Commerce and Business Administration in Helwan University in Egypt. Her work involves teaching courses for undergraduates and postgraduate studies in economics and international trade. Her research interests are mainly in education and economic development, especially in developing countries.