Project: CEA of Food Transfer Modalities in Humanitarian Crises

USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (FFP) predicts, prevents, and responds to hunger overseas. FFP’s emergency food assistance programs aim to provide immediate relief to households facing acute food insecurity. FFP delivers resource transfers through four food assistance modalities: Title II, Local and Regional Purchase (LRP), cash transfers, and food vouchers. Title II is in-kind food assistance procured from the United States, and LRP is in-kind food assistance procured from within the country or region where the assistance is provided. FFP also provides cash transfers and food vouchers (restricted or unrestricted) as part of its emergency portfolio. In the fiscal year 2018, FFP programmed roughly $3.3B under emergency food assistance and $450M towards the development of food security activities. 

Integra Government Services International, LLC (Integra) and Limestone (sub-contractor to Integra) have been hired by USAID under the Learning, Evaluation, and Analysis Project (LEAP III) to perform this CEA. 

This project seeks to improve USAID’s understanding of the cost-effectiveness of its emergency food programming through a comparative cost-effectiveness analysis of FFP emergency food assistance models in order to improve the understanding of cost-effectiveness in relation to emergency program design models.

Ultimately, the analysis will improve FFP’s ability to determine when various food assistance modalities are likely to be most cost-effective.

Clients / Partners




Desk Review
  • Literature review of food transfer modalities and definition of selection criteria for including Food for Peace programs in the CEA model


Develop 15-20 CEA models


Final Report and CEA model