The Impact of Cash and Food Transfers: Evidence from a Randomized Intervention in Niger

36 Pages Posted: 13 Dec 2013

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John Hoddinott

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

Susanna Sandstrom

UN World Food Programme; Åbo Akademi University

Joanna Upton

Cornell University

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Date Written: December 12, 2013

Abstract

We assess the relative impacts of receiving cash versus food transfers using a randomized design. Drawing on data collected in eastern Niger, we find that households randomized to receive a food basket experienced larger, positive impact on measures of food consumption and diet quality than those receiving the cash transfer. Receiving food also reduced the use of a number of coping strategies. These differences held both at the height of the lean season and after the harvest. However, households receiving cash spent more money on agricultural inputs. Less than five percent of food was sold or exchanged for other goods. Food and cash were delivered with the same degree of frequency and timeliness but the food transfers cost 15 percent more to implement.

Keywords: cash and food transfers; food security; Niger; randomized intervention

JEL Classification: D04, I38, O12

Suggested Citation

Hoddinott, John and Sandstrom, Susanna and Upton, Joanna, The Impact of Cash and Food Transfers: Evidence from a Randomized Intervention in Niger (December 12, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2366796 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2366796

John Hoddinott (Contact Author)

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

Ithaca, NY
United States

Susanna Sandstrom

UN World Food Programme ( email )

United States

Åbo Akademi University ( email )

Piispankatu 16
Abo, Turku FIN-20500
Finland

Joanna Upton

Cornell University ( email )

Ithaca, NY 14853
United States

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