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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.

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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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  • 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, vol. 49(C), pages 1-8.
  • 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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    1. Gentilini,Ugo, 2016. "The revival of the"cash versus food"debate : new evidence for an old quandary ?," Policy Research Working Paper Series 7584, The World Bank.
    2. repec:fan:ecaqec:v:html10.3280/ecag2017-001006 is not listed on IDEAS
    3. repec:eee:quaeco:v:66:y:2017:i:c:p:202-211 is not listed on IDEAS
    4. Peters, Koen & Fleuren, Hein & den Hertog, Dick & Kavelj, Mirjana & Silva, Sergio & Goncalves, Rui & Ergun, Ozlem & Soldner, Mallory, 2016. "The Nutritious Supply Chain : Optimizing Humanitarian Food Aid," Discussion Paper 2016-044, Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research.
    5. Ugo Gentilini, 2016. "The Other Side of the Coin," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 24593, August.
    6. World Bank Group, 2016. "Cash Transfers in Humanitarian Contexts," World Bank Other Operational Studies 24699, The World Bank.
    7. Gentilini, Ugo, 2014. "Our daily bread : what is the evidence on comparing cash versus food transfers?," Social Protection and Labor Policy and Technical Notes 89502, The World Bank.
    8. Gómez, Miguel I. & Barrett, Christopher B. & Raney, Terri & Pinstrup-Andersen, Per & Meerman, Janice & Croppenstedt, André & Carisma, Brian & Thompson, Brian, 2013. "Post-green revolution food systems and the triple burden of malnutrition," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 42(C), pages 129-138.

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