Title

Market Prices and Food Aid Local and Regional Procurement and Distribution: A Multi-Country Analysis

Publication Date

9-2013

Journal

World Development

Volume

49

First Page

19

Last Page

29

Abstract

To date, no research has rigorously addressed the concern that local and regional procurement (LRP) of food aid could affect food prices and food price volatility in food aid source and recipient countries. We assemble spatially and temporally disaggregated data and estimate the relationship between food prices and their volatility and local food aid procurement and distribution across seven countries for several commodities. In most cases, LRP activities have no statistically significant relationship with either local price levels or food price volatility. The few exceptions underscore the importance of market monitoring. (C) 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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