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Food Procurement in Developing Countries

WFP’s current policy is to procure food in a manner that is cost-effective, timely and appropriate to beneficiary needs, encouraging procurement from developing countries to the widest extent possible. When procuring from developing country food markets, WFP’s procurement procedures aim to avoid causing negative effects on those markets, including price rises that would harm the food security of the poor. This paper reviews the Programme's food procurement in developing countries; it considers the positive and negative impacts its activities can have on markets and sets out ways to strengthen WFP’s positive impact on developing country markets and industries. WFP/EB.1/2006/5-C