International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss

Demand Analysis of Starchy Food Staples in Uganda Using Micro-data
Gilbert J. Werema

This paper evaluates the consumption of 14 food groups, focusing on starchy staple foods and using the LA/AIDS framework using the Uganda National Household Survey of 2000. In particular, the LA/AIDS models are estimated to calculate income and price elasticities for three different components of food categories. We found that urban families consume more matooke, sugar, other cereals, oils, fruits and vegetables, fish, dairy products, other foods, and pulses than their counterparts in the rural areas. Households located in border districts more likely purchase maize, matooke, and meat than those in non-border areas. At lower incomes, price changes results in greater consumer substitution within the starchy food groups.

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