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On The Choice and Impacts of Innovative International Food Assistance Instruments

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  • Lentz, Erin C.
  • Barrett, Christopher B.
  • Gómez, Miguel I.
  • Maxwell, Daniel G.

The rise of new food assistance instruments, including local and regional procurement, cash, and vouchers, has surpassed increase in understanding of the tradeoffs among and impacts of these options relative to traditional food aid. Response choices rarely appear to result from systematic response analyses. Further, impacts along multiple dimensions—timeliness, cost-effectiveness, local market effects, recipient satisfaction, food quality, impact on smallholder suppliers, etc.—may be competing or synergistic. No single food assistance tool is always and everywhere preferable. A growing body of evidence, including the papers in this special section, nonetheless demonstrates the clear value-added of new food assistance instruments.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal World Development.

Volume (Year): 49 (2013)
Issue (Month): C ()
Pages: 1-8

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Handle: RePEc:eee:wdevel:v:49:y:2013:i:c:p:1-8
DOI: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2013.01.016
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  1. Lentz, Erin C. & Passarelli, Simone & Barrett, Christopher B., 2013. "The Timeliness and Cost-Effectiveness of the Local and Regional Procurement of Food Aid," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 49(C), pages 9-18.
  2. Ryckembusch, David & Frega, Romeo & Silva, Marcio Guilherme & Gentilini, Ugo & Sanogo, Issa & Grede, Nils & Brown, Lynn, 2013. "Enhancing Nutrition: A New Tool for Ex-Ante Comparison of Commodity-based Vouchers and Food Transfers," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 49(C), pages 58-67.
  3. Clay, Edward & Benson, Charlotte, 1990. "Aid for food : Acquisition of commodities in developing countries for food aid in the 1980s," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 15(1), pages 27-43, February.
  4. Christopher Barrett & Robert Bell & Erin Lentz & Daniel Maxwell, 2009. "Market information and food insecurity response analysis," Food Security: The Science, Sociology and Economics of Food Production and Access to Food, Springer;The International Society for Plant Pathology, vol. 1(2), pages 151-168, June.
  5. Elizabeth R. Bageant & Christopher B. Barrett & Erin C. Lentz, 2010. "Food Aid and Agricultural Cargo Preference," Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 32(4), pages 624-641.
  6. Tschirley, David L. & del Castillo, Anne Marie, 2007. "Local and Regional Food Aid Procurement: An Assessment of Experience in Africa and Elements of Good Donor Practice," Food Security Collaborative Working Papers 54486, Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics.
  7. Barrett, Christopher B. & Bachke, Maren E. & Bellemare, Marc F. & Michelson, Hope C. & Narayanan, Sudha & Walker, Thomas F., 2012. "Smallholder Participation in Contract Farming: Comparative Evidence from Five Countries," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 40(4), pages 715-730.
  8. Haggblade, Steven & Tschirley, David L., 2007. "Local and Regional Food Aid Procurement in Zambia," Food Security Collaborative Working Papers 54487, Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics.
  9. Garg, Teevrat & Barrett, Christopher B. & Gómez, Miguel I. & Lentz, Erin C. & Violette, William J., 2013. "Market Prices and Food Aid Local and Regional Procurement and Distribution: A Multi-Country Analysis," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 49(C), pages 19-29.
  10. Lentz, Erin C. & Barrett, Christopher B., 2008. "Improving Food Aid: What Reforms Would Yield the Highest Payoff?," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 36(7), pages 1152-1172, July.
  11. Tschirley, David L. & del Castillo, Anne Marie, 2007. "Local and Regional Food Aid Procurement: An Assessment of Experience in Africa and Elements of Good Donor Practice," Food Security International Development Working Papers 54562, Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics.
  12. Barrett, Christopher B. & Maxwell, Daniel G., 2006. "Towards a global food aid compact," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 31(2), pages 105-118, April.
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