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UNU-WIDER WP/2012/34 Mapping the Impacts of Food Aid: Current Knowledge and Future Directions

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WP/034 Mapping the Impacts of Food Aid: Current Knowledge and Future Directions

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This paper provides an overview on the impacts of food aid. We consider its effects on consumption, nutrition, food markets and labour supply, as well as the extent to which it exacerbates or mitigates conflict. We also consider the comparative evidence on alternatives to food aid including evidence on cost, impact, relative risks and beneficiary preferences. We note that there are two large gaps in the extant literature: the comparative effects of food and cash assistance at the household level; and the causal links between food aid and conflict.
Publisher:
UNU-WIDER
Series:
WIDER Working Paper
Volume:
2012/34
Title:
WP/034 Mapping the Impacts of Food Aid: Current Knowledge and Future Directions
Authors:
Amy Margolies, and John Hoddinott
Publication date:
March 2012
ISBN 13 Web:
978-92-9230-497-3
Copyright holder:
© UNU-WIDER
Copyright year:
2012
Keywords:
food aid, humanitarian assistance, social protection, disincentives, conflict
JEL:
H84, O1, O19, Q18
Sponsor:
This working paper has been prepared within the UNU-WIDER project ‘Foreign Aid: Research and Communication (ReCom)’, directed by Tony Addison and Finn Tarp. UNU-WIDER gratefully acknowledges specific programme contributions from the governments of Denmark (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Danida) and Sweden (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency—Sida) for the Research and Communication (ReCom) programme. UNU-WIDER also acknowledges core financial support to UNU-WIDER’s work programme from the governments of Finland (Ministry for Foreign Affairs), the United Kingdom (Department for International Development), and the governments of Denmark and Sweden.
Format:
online

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