Food Aid and Informal Insurance

Stefan Dercon and Pramila Krishnan

in Insurance Against Poverty

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780199276837
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601620 | DOI:

Series: WIDER Studies in Development Economics

Food Aid and Informal Insurance

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Food aid distribution in rural Ethiopia was investigated to determine allocation rules and the impact of aid on household consumption. The targeting of food aid was sensitive to income within villages. Within village-sharing of food aid was observed, which affected consumption. Informal risk-sharing resulted in better outcomes of the food aid distribution scheme.

Keywords: food aid distribution; allocation; household consumption; Ethiopia; informal risk-sharing

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Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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