Food Aid and Dependency: Implications for Emergency Food Security Assessments

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Erin Lentz

University of Texas at Austin - Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs

Christopher B. Barrett

Cornell University - Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics & Management

John Hoddinott

Cornell University, Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Students

Date Written: December 2005

Abstract

Discussions on food aid and dependency often draw on what appears to be a broad body of evidence, but closer inspection reveals that much of this does not in fact demonstrate a causal link between the two. This desk review has three objectives: (i) to identify the pathways through which negative dependency might arise; (ii) to outline how the targeting and management of food aid might affect the likelihood of negative dependency as a result of emergency operations or follow-on protracted relief and recovery operations; and (iii) to suggest indicators that assessment teams might employ in context-sensitive evaluations to reduce the risk of fostering negative dependency through food aid.

Suggested Citation

Lentz, Erin and Barrett, Christopher B. and Hoddinott, John, Food Aid and Dependency: Implications for Emergency Food Security Assessments (December 2005). IFPRI Discussion Paper No. 12-2. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1142287 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1142287

Erin Lentz

University of Texas at Austin - Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs ( email )

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John Hoddinott

Cornell University, Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Students ( email )

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