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For example, in some low-income states in India, technological tools helped to expand the coverage of food distribution and curb rates of exclusion of the poor from the programme.

The diversity of contexts within countries – for example the availability of food in local markets– may call for maintaining flexibility in programme choices. Political and economic factors,
past practices, and the multiplicity of objectives can also help explain why governments retain food-based interventions.

Case studies of programmes in six countries, namely Egypt, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Sri Lanka, and the United States of America are presented in the study. Although these include middle- and high-income countries, the lessons are relevant to lower-income countries as well.

Download report: The 1.5 Billion People Question: Food, Vouchers or Cash Transfers?

(The World Bank/ile)

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