IDEAS home Printed from https://ideas.repec.org/p/ags/aaea04/20265.html
   My bibliography  Save this paper

The U.S. Role In The Food Aid Picture

Author

Listed:
  • Shapouri, Shahla
  • Rosen, Stacey L.
  • Meade, Birgit Gisela Saager

Abstract

Food aid has been used to promote economic development, but mostly it is used to alleviate food shortages. At any given time, weather related and human-made disasters (such as civil strife and post conflict repercussions) create a demand for food aid. Recent analysis suggests that needs outpace the availability of such aid. The United States dominates the international food aid system, providing more than half of all food assistance, and its actions have a major influence on other donors and the system as a whole. The 50th anniversary of the U.S. food aid program in 2004 is a timely point to appraise, offer a retrospective of past issues, and reexamine plans for the future. The purpose of this paper is to examine the evolution of the U.S. food aid program and to review the recipients of U.S. food aid. In addition, the criteria for allocating food aid are evaluated quantitatively. Cross-country regression analysis is performed looking at food aid as a function of several factors including the recipient countries' political situation, production shocks, trade balance, and income level. The preliminary results show that food aid distribution is based not only on U.S. political and trade interests but also on the recipient countries' economic conditions. The estimation results indicate growing consideration of the recipients' needs in U.S. food aid transfers over time.

Suggested Citation

  • Shapouri, Shahla & Rosen, Stacey L. & Meade, Birgit Gisela Saager, 2004. "The U.S. Role In The Food Aid Picture," 2004 Annual meeting, August 1-4, Denver, CO 20265, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:aaea04:20265
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.20265
    as

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL: http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/20265/files/sp04sh06.pdf
    Download Restriction: no

    More about this item

    Keywords

    Food Security and Poverty;

    Statistics

    Access and download statistics

    Corrections

    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:ags:aaea04:20265. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (AgEcon Search). General contact details of provider: http://edirc.repec.org/data/aaeaaea.html .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.