Child Growth, Shocks, and Food Aid in Rural Ethiopia

31 Pages Posted: 10 Jan 2017

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Takashi Yamano

Foundation for Advanced Studies on International Development (FASID); National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)

Harold Alderman

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Luc Christiaensen

World Bank

Date Written: August 1, 2003

Abstract

Over the past decades child stunting in Ethiopia has persisted at alarming rates. While the country experienced several droughts during this period, it also received enormous amounts of food aid, leading some to question the effectiveness of food aid in reducing child malnutrition. Using nationally representative household surveys from 1995-96 and controlling for program placement, Yamano, Alderman, and Christiaensen find that children between 6 and 24 months experienced about 0.9 cm less growth over a six-month period in communities where half the crop area was damaged compared with those without crop damage. Food aid was also found to have a substantial effect on the growth of children in this age group. And on average, the total amount of food aid appeared to be sufficient to protect children against plot damage, an encouraging sign that food aid can act as an effective insurance mechanism, though its cost-effectiveness needs further investigation.

Keywords: Food & Nutrition Policy, Gender and Development, Development Economics & Aid Effectiveness, Food & Beverage Industry, School Health, School Health, Food & Beverage Industry, Food & Nutrition Policy, Development Economics & Aid Effectiveness, Poverty Lines

Suggested Citation

Yamano, Takashi and Alderman, Harold and Christiaensen, Luc, Child Growth, Shocks, and Food Aid in Rural Ethiopia (August 1, 2003). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 3128. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2894718

Takashi Yamano (Contact Author)

Foundation for Advanced Studies on International Development (FASID) ( email )

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National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) ( email )

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Harold Alderman

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) ( email )

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United States

Luc Christiaensen

World Bank ( email )

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Washington, DC 20433
United States

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