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

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

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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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal World Development.

Volume (Year): 49 (2013)
Issue (Month): C ()
Pages: 9-18

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