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Eurodad  has produced a new briefing on smart procurement and food security. Procurement is an important share of economic activity in any country. In most developing countries, public procurement is either the main or second area of government expenditure, ...
A first reading of the press statements and overview paper from the IMF’s review of conditionality, completed in September 2012 might give the impression that the IMF has made a 180 degree turn in its conditionality policy, one of the most controversial ...

Committee on World Food Security takes step towards pro-poor procurement

Francesca Giubilo

14 Nov 2012 11:34:59

by Francesca Giubilo The 39th session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) drew to a close on 20 October. Its final report endorsed some interesting recommendations, including a clear message to support local purchases. Recognising the relevance of local procurement for food security may hint at a positive change in mindset for the years ahead. Based on the High Level Panel of Experts’ report on social protection and food security, the CFS – the most inclusive international and intergovernmental platform for all stakeholders working on food security and nutrition – recommends that Member States and international organisations should launch programmes aimed at supporting “agricultural livelihoods and productivity for the poor”. In an exhaustive list that includes “production ...
Procurement is a keystone in development finance. Eurodad estimates that US$ 69 billion of aid money is spent on procuring goods and services annually either by donors or by recipient countries, more than 50% of total Official Development Assistance (ODA). ...

US food aid contracts: what lies beyond aid?

Francesca Giubilo

01 Aug 2012 12:07:41

By Francesca Giubilo, Is the real purpose of aid to eradicate poverty or is it just another excuse to allow rich firms to raise their own incomes and boost the economy of developed countries? Recent research conducted by the Guardian has assessed that two-third of the US food aid contracts are awarded to three of the biggest agribusiness companies. (Louis) Dreyfus; ADM, Bunge and Cargill, also known as the ABCD group, account for between 75% and 90% of the global grain trade, yet receive the majority of US food aid contracts. So, what lies beyond aid? Food aid refers to a specific category of ODA aimed at reducing hunger and starvation either in the short term, through emergency operations, or in the long term. However, an Oxfam study which assesses the inefficiency of US food aid, points ...
Eurodad in conjunction with Latindadd have produced a briefing on G20 agenda on procurement.Mexico has set out five priorities for this year’s G20 summit. They pick up existing themes of past summits, including food security, strengthening financial ...