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Long-Term Impact Of Food Vouchers ‘Remains To Be Seen’

The Economist: Giving generously
“…Last year, the WFP helped to feed over 90 million people in 80 different countries. But the way it distributes food relief has been changing. … Economists now see the next great challenge for the international community as reducing the negative consequences of malnutrition rather than famine. … The WFP has already readjusted its policies to reflect this change in thinking. In 2008, the organization’s remit was changed from providing ‘food aid’ to ‘food assistance’ to broaden its mission. And last year, more than 4.4 million people were receiving aid from the WFP in terms of cash or vouchers instead of food handouts. … Although such policies are expected to be cheaper, but also eventually to boost development indicators such as life expectancy and infant mortality, the actual long-term impact of these changes remains to be seen…” (3/3).