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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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  • 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.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:wdevel:v:49:y:2013:i:c:p:58-67
    DOI: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2013.01.021
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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. 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.
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