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FY 2009/2010 Research Topic: 4-07
Food Crisis and Maize Supply in Developing Countries


Demand for maize, one of the principle grains along with wheat and rice, has been growing rapidly in recent years due to demand for feed in emerging developing countries and for raw material for fuel in the United States. As a consequence, its price in the international market rose sharply in 2008, which became one of the factors contributing to the Food Crisis.
The supply of maize heavily depends on a few principal producers in the world, among which the United States accounts for about a half of total world exports. Due to this dependence, a small change of supply from these countries can have an important impact on the world market and importing countries.

Taking into consideration the maize supply of the United States, we aim to analyze the supply structure of maize in developing countries, and its change over the period. We chose important producing countries such as China, Brazil, Mexico and Argentine, countries that changed from exporters to importer such as Thailand, and countries that are affected seriously by a food crisis such as African countries.


2009/4 - 2010/3


Members of the Research Project

HOKEN Hisatoshi
OE Tetsuo (Meiji University)
SHIMIZU Junichi (Policy Research Institute, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries)
TAKANE Tsutomu (Tokyo University of Agriculture)
TANI Hiroyuki (Sophia University)


Interim Report (March 2010)
Final Report (by the end of the FY2011)