Who Gets the Goods? A General Equilibrium Perspective on Food Aid in Mozambique

Food Policy 26(2):107-119. DOI: 10.1016/S0306-9192(00)00040-3

Posted: 27 Nov 2014

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Channing Arndt

United Nations - World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU/WIDER)

Finn Tarp

University of Copenhagen - Department of Economics

Date Written: 2001

Abstract

We employ a computable general equilibrium approach to examine the effects of alternative food aid distribution schemes for drought-response food aid to Mozambique. Alternative schemes have very distinct impacts on household welfare and prices. Compared with monetization of food aid by government, direct distribution to households (by population shares) strongly benefits rural households. Even assuming that government cannot target food aid strictly at drought-stricken rural people, our results indicate that, when improving household welfare is the primary goal of the food aid, direct distribution of food aid to households is preferred.

Suggested Citation

Arndt, Channing and Tarp, Finn, Who Gets the Goods? A General Equilibrium Perspective on Food Aid in Mozambique (2001). Food Policy 26(2):107-119. DOI: 10.1016/S0306-9192(00)00040-3 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2530649

Channing Arndt (Contact Author)

United Nations - World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU/WIDER) ( email )

Katajanokanlaituri 6 B
Helsinki, FI‐00160
Finland

Finn Tarp

University of Copenhagen - Department of Economics ( email )

Øster Farimagsgade 5
Bygning 26
1353 Copenhagen K.
Denmark

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