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Title:Who Gets the Goods? A General Equilibrium Perspective on Food Aid in Mozambique
Authors:Arndt, ChanningISNI
Tarp, FinnISNI
Periodical:Food Policy
Geographic term:Mozambique
food aid
rural households
Economics and Trade
Politics and Government
External link:https://doi.org/10.1016/S0306-9192(00)00040-3
Abstract:The authors employ a computable general equilibrium model to examine the effects of alternative food aid distribution schemes for drought-response aid to Mozambique. Base data for the model were derived from a 1995 social accounting matrix for Mozambique. Alternative schemes have very distinct impacts on household welfare and prices, notably the relative price of agricultural goods. 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, the results indicate that, when improving household welfare for the poorest is the primary goal of the food aid, direct distribution of food aid to households is preferred. Bibliogr., sum.