"This Special BIDPA Briefing is motivated by the recurrent global price hikes in basic foodstuffs. The situation, which is commonly known as the “global food crisis”, is a cause for concern, given that Botswana is a net food importing country. One of the developmental objectives of the country is food security and therefore there is need to assess whether rising global food prices would have any direct effect on the food security situation in the country. The intention of the Briefing is therefore to outline the causes of the current global food crisis as well as its implications for Botswana as a net food importing country."