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Poverty alleviation in Mozambique: a multi-market analysis of the role of food aid

  • Dorosh, Paul
  • del Ninno, Carlo
  • Sahn, David E.

The use of food aid in poverty alleviation programs has been hampered by two problems: the inability to target to touseholds in need, and the disincentive effects on agriculture. In this paper, we present econometric estimates of m Almost Ideal Demand System (AIDS) for households in Maputo, Mozambique, and develop a multi-market node! to show that in Maputo, imported yellow maize is not only self-targeting, but that owing to a combination of he low cross-price elasticity with locally produced staples (particularly, white maize) and cross-border trade in food >roducts, the disincentive effects on domestic agriculture have been negligible.

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Volume (Year): 13 (1995)
Issue (Month): 2 (November)
Pages: 89-99

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  1. Greer, Joel & Thorbecke, Erik, 1986. "A methodology for measuring food poverty applied to Kenya," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 24(1), pages 59-74, November.
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