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

30 Pages Posted: 1 Feb 2012 Last revised: 15 Mar 2012

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Amy Margolies

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) - CGIAR Consortium

John Hoddinott

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

Date Written: March 15, 2012

Abstract

This paper provides an overview on the impacts of food aid. We consider its effects on consumption, nutrition, food markets and labor 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.

Keywords: food aid, humanitarian assistance, social protection, disincentives, conflict

JEL Classification: H84, O1, O19, Q18

Suggested Citation

Margolies, Amy and Hoddinott, John, Mapping the Impacts of Food Aid: Current Knowledge and Future Directions (March 15, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1996837 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1996837

Amy Margolies

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) - CGIAR Consortium ( email )

1201 Eye St, NW,
Washington, DC 20005
United States

John Hoddinott (Contact Author)

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

Ithaca, NY
United States

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