Food aid is provided, either by intercontinental transfer from developed
countries, or by purchase in the recipient country or a nearby
developing country, provided there is a local or regional marketable
surplus. EC Council Regulation No. 1292/96 on food aid policy and food
aid management and special operations in support of food security
endorses the growing practice of food aid procurement within the
benefiting country or from a neighbouring country. The advantages are
believed to include, inter alia, a contribution to the local or regional
agricultural marketing and business systems. Hence, such procurement is
expected to have development impact in the source economy.
Available literature was reviewed, and case studies to investigate
development impact were undertaken in Ethiopia and Uganda, where
combined local procurement of food aid grain is over 300,000 tonnes per
annum. The background and objectives, research findings, and policy
recommendations of the project are presented.
Policy Implications Arising from the Development Impact of Local and Regional Procurement of Food Aid, Emerging Markets Group (EMG) Ltd, London, UK, 2 pp.
Policy Implications Arising from the Development Impact of Local and Regional Procurement of Food Aid