Our Daily Bread: What is the Evidence on Comparing Cash versus Food Transfers?
The paper reviews key issues in the cash versus food debate on the basis of a new generation of impact evaluations comparing alternative transfer modalities. Differences in effectiveness of cash and food transfers vary by indicator, although they tend to be moderate on average. The paper also discusses the need for more nuanced and rigorous cost-effectiveness analyses. Reviewed studies show that cash tends to be twice as efficient as food – yet methods for cost analyses vary in scope, breadth, and depth. While the review shows the growing knowledge on transfer debate, it also exposes a number of information gaps.
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