International Development Planning Review

Smallholder farmer participation in local and regional food aid procurement: Assessing the benefits and challenges in southwestern Uganda

International Development Planning Review (2011), 33, (1), 27–48.

Abstract

Local and regional food aid procurement (LRP) – the purchase and distribution of food aid within and between developing countries – has recently become a common occurrence. In contrast to traditional methods of food aid provision, which are costly cross-border operations and often slow to respond during emergencies, LRP aims to combat food insecurity in a more effective, economical and contained manner. There is a limited amount of research concerning smallholder involvement in small-scale LRP initiatives. This article explores LRP's impact on smallholder farmers participating in a World Food Programme (WFP) procurement project in southwestern Uganda. It concludes that LRP has some benefits, including providing a ready market and empowering farmers, but WFP's procurement contract development, payment procedures and pricing mechanisms, and difficulties of ensuring participants' household food security, present challenges.

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Ferguson, Hilary

Kepe, Thembela