Recipients' Satisfaction with Locally Procured Food Aid Rations: Comparative Evidence from a Three Country Matched Survey

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William Violette

Cornell University

Aurélie Harou

Cornell University - School of Applied Economics and Management

Joanna Upton

Cornell University

Samuel D. Bell

Cornell University

Christopher B. Barrett

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

Miguel I. Gómez

Independent

Erin Lentz

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

Date Written: September 1, 2013

Abstract

Using survey data from natural experiments in three countries that simultaneously received food aid sourced locally and from the United States, we test the hypothesis that locally-sourced commodities are more culturally appropriate and thus preferred over traditional food aid commodities sourced from the donor country. We use a semi-nonparametric regression method to estimate recipients’ satisfaction with these commodities across a range of criteria. We establish that recipients of locally procured rations are generally more satisfied with the commodities they receive than are recipients of US-sourced foods. This pattern is especially pronounced among less-well-off recipients.

Keywords: food aid, consumer preferences, local and regional procurement, ordered probit

Suggested Citation

Violette, William and Harou, Aurélie and Upton, Joanna and Bell, Samuel D. and Barrett, Christopher B. and Gómez, Miguel I. and Lentz, Erin, Recipients' Satisfaction with Locally Procured Food Aid Rations: Comparative Evidence from a Three Country Matched Survey (September 1, 2013). World Development (2013), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2628772

William Violette

Cornell University ( email )

Ithaca, NY 14853
United States

Aurélie Harou

Cornell University - School of Applied Economics and Management ( email )

248 Warren Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
United States

Joanna Upton

Cornell University ( email )

Ithaca, NY 14853
United States

Samuel D. Bell

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY 14853
United States

Christopher B. Barrett (Contact Author)

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

315 Warren Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-7801
United States
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607-255-9984 (Fax)

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Miguel I. Gómez

Independent

Erin Lentz

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

2300 Red River St., Stop E2700
PO Box Y
Austin, TX 78713
United States

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