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Financing Food Assistance: Options For The World Food Programme To Save Lives And Dollars

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Executive Summary

The World Food Programme has world-class logistics, but its ability to manage financial risk is extremely limited. The WFP procures 100 percent of its food through spot markets, which subjects it to substantial commodity and transport price risks and significant delays delivering food. Relying on reactive emergency appeals and on donors that tend to earmark contributions and make commitments one year at a time only adds to operational inflexibility and uncertainty. On the other hand, much of the WFP's operations are fairly predictable, especially the countries served and the volume of food delivered.

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