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On The Choice and Impacts of Innovative International Food Assistance Instruments

Erin C. Lentz, Christopher Barrett (), Miguel I. Gómez and Daniel G. Maxwell

World Development, 2013, vol. 49, issue C, 1-8

Abstract: 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.

Keywords: disaster relief; emergency response; food insecurity; food assistance; response analysis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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