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The Timeliness and Cost-Effectiveness of the Local and Regional Procurement of Food Aid

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  • Lentz, Erin C.
  • Passarelli, Simone
  • Barrett, Christopher B.

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Local and regional procurement (LRP) of food aid is often claimed to lead to quicker and more cost-effective response. We generate timeliness and cost-effectiveness estimates by comparing US-funded LRP activities in nine countries against in-kind, transoceanic food aid shipments from the US to the same countries during the same timeframe. Procuring food locally or distributing cash or vouchers results in a time savings of nearly 14weeks, a 62 percent gain. Cost-effectiveness varies significantly by commodity type. Procuring grains locally saved over 50 percent, on average, while local procurement of processed commodities was not always cost-effective.

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  • 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.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:wdevel:v:49:y:2013:i:c:p:9-18
    DOI: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2013.01.017
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