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Therefore, food aid policies could rely on food stamps, financed by state budgets or international aid, distributed to the needy and for free for the poorest, and exchangeable for food (as in the United States).

Why food stamps and not cash? I suppose they make it easier to predict the quantity of food needed?

by generic on Mon Apr 21st, 2008 at 08:51:34 AM EST
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I suppose so as to avoid distorting the market. The whole idea is about being able to set up price controls on food...

Un roi sans divertissement est un homme plein de misères
by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Mon Apr 21st, 2008 at 08:55:18 AM EST
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Being a cynical kind of guy ...

State imposed food price controls when the State is controlled by an entrenched kleptoarchy, as in most of the developing world, carries the danger of only being another source of profit for the kleptoarchy.  They could use the regulations to buy from the peasant farmers at an imposed low price and sell at a less than global market but still high price to the urban consumer.  

Or they could use the crises to steal, at gunpoint, the food from the peasant farmer to deliver, at a price, to the urban consumer.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Mon Apr 21st, 2008 at 10:28:06 AM EST
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Do kleptocracies really need state imposed food price controls to do that ?

Un roi sans divertissement est un homme plein de misères
by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Mon Apr 21st, 2008 at 10:31:36 AM EST
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Nope.

But imposing Food Price Controls to "solve" internal hunger and starvation allows them a propaganda point for internal and external political 'cover.'

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Mon Apr 21st, 2008 at 10:48:49 AM EST
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