On The Choice and Impacts of Innovative International Food Assistance Instruments
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. (C) 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Lentz, Erin C.; Barrett, Christopher B.; Gomez, Miguel I.; and Maxwell, Daniel G.. "On The Choice and Impacts of Innovative International Food Assistance Instruments." World Development 49, (2013) : 1-8.