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Tradeoffs or Synergies? Assessing Local and Regional Food Aid Procurement through Case Studies in Burkina Faso and Guatemala

Aurélie P. Harou, Joanna B. Upton, Erin C. Lentz, Christopher Barrett () and Miguel I. Gómez

World Development, 2013, vol. 49, issue C, 44-57

Abstract: We compare the impacts across a range of criteria of local and regional procurement (LRP) relative to transoceanic shipment of food aid in Burkina Faso and Guatemala. We find that neither instrument dominates the other across all criteria in either country, although LRP commonly performs at least as well as transoceanic shipment with respect to timeliness, cost, market price impacts, satisfying recipients’ preferences, food quality and safety, and in benefiting smallholder suppliers. LRP is plainly a valuable food assistance tool, but its advantages and disadvantages must be carefully weighed, compared, and prioritized depending on the context and program objectives.

Keywords: farmer based organizations; food aid; food assistance; response analysis; school feeding; local and regional procurement; smallholder farmers; Burkina Faso; Guatemala (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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