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Network Paper 17: Monetisation

Linkages to Food Security?


About this resource

Resource type:Research, reports and studies
Keywords:Cash, Food and nutrition, Food security, Livelihoods, Markets
Agency:ODI - Overseas Development Institute
Author(s):Cekan, J. MacNeil, A. and Loegering, S.
Date published:November 1996
Monetisation is the process by which agricultural commodities donated in the first world
are sold to generate revenues (in local currency) within third world countries that can be
used to stimulate local development. There are a variety of monetisation programmes in
existence which support a multitude of goals. This paper will explore the experiences of
one non-governmental organisation (NGO), Catholic Relief Services, with one type of
monetisation programme supported by the US Government as it relates to enhancing the
food security of the poor in the Third World. This is the Title II programme of US Public
Law 480.
1. Introduction 1
2. Theory Behind What Monetisation Entails 3
3. Practice 14
4. Analysis: Four Issues Emerge 21
5. Similarities and Differences Between US and European
Monetisations to Achieve Food Security Goals 33
6. Conclusion 37
References 39
Acronyms 41


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