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Enhancing Nutrition: A New Tool for Ex-Ante Comparison of Commodity-based Vouchers and Food Transfers

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  • Ryckembusch, David
  • Frega, Romeo
  • Silva, Marcio Guilherme
  • Gentilini, Ugo
  • Sanogo, Issa
  • Grede, Nils
  • Brown, Lynn

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This article presents a new analytical tool for ex-ante comparison of the cost-effectiveness of two transfer modalities in pursuing specific nutritional objectives. It does so by introducing a metric to score the nutrient value of a food basket—the Nutrient Value Score (NVS)—and explains how this metric can be combined with full supply chain analysis and costing to generate a new tool, the Omega Value. The use of the Omega Value allows policy-makers who design a program with nutrition objectives to compare direct food transfers and commodity-based food vouchers in terms of both cost efficiency and cost effectiveness.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal World Development.

Volume (Year): 49 (2013)
Issue (Month): C ()
Pages: 58-67

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Handle: RePEc:eee:wdevel:v:49:y:2013:i:c:p:58-67

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Keywords: transfers; vouchers; food; nutrient access; cost effectiveness; response analysis;

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  1. Lentz, Erin C. & Barrett, Christopher B. & Gómez, Miguel I. & Maxwell, Daniel G., 2013. "On The Choice and Impacts of Innovative International Food Assistance Instruments," World Development, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 49(C), pages 1-8.
  2. Gentilini, Ugo, 2014. "Our daily bread : what is the evidence on comparing cash versus food transfers?," Social Protection Discussion Papers 89502, The World Bank.

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