When starvation looms, speed is critical. But while the U.S. provides more emergency food aid than any other country, speed is not what it does best.
Food Aid Reform
Lawmakers attempted Wednesday to push along an ongoing effort to modernise U.S. international food aid policy amid mounting bipartisan support for the use of more locally grown food products over the long-standing practise of shipping U.S.-grown commodities.
The U.S. Senate voted on Monday to make only a minor change in the main U.S. global food aid program, rebuffing President Barack Obama's call for the biggest reform of the hunger relief program since the Cold War.
In Syria, the US has been able to deliver food aid using a flexible approach to needs on the ground. Yet such flexibility is the exception in US aid. President Obama's proposed reforms would allow for more efficient practices, such as using local food supplies.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 4, 2013) - CARE applauds the U.S. Senate for unanimously approving an amendment to the Farm Bill sponsored by Sens.
Today, almost 1 billion people are hungry. By 2050, world population will top 9 billion, only increasing the demand for food, fuel, and natural resources and straining our ability – and the planet’s ability – to feed and nourish all.
The generous international food aid program run by the United States is past due for reforms, but farm state lawmakers of both parties are standing in the way.