The U.S. spends about $2 billion a year to feed the world’s poor. But could this food aid be hurting people more than it’s helping them? Ronan Farrow reports from Kenya.
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Farm Bill Includes Lifesaving Reforms to U.S. Food Aid
Thank you to our advocates for supporting food aid reform in the Farm Bill. The new changes mean we can feed almost 800,000 more people, without spending an extra dollar.
Stretch Our Dollar Further
U.S. food aid has been critical in saving lives and addressing chronic poverty and malnutrition. We have helped more than 3 billion people in more than 150 countries. But the current system, which requires shipping food from the United States to hungry people in need, is outdated, inefficient and slow - risking lives when every moment counts. And it's inefficient: as much as half of funding is spent on transportation and administrative costs.
President Obama's food aid reform proposal will allow lifesaving assistance to reach up to an estimated 4 million more people each year without costing taxpayers more.
The President's proposal provides more flexibility to purchase emergency food from nearby, local markets instead of shipping it from thousands of miles away. This approach empowers farmers in developing countries, many of whom are women.
More importantly, the food would arrive more than two months faster, a lifetime when a child is starving.
As emergencies in Syria and other parts of the world worsen, we cannot afford to wait.
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Senate Passage of the Farm Bill Includes Lifesaving Reforms
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Food aid reform would enable food to reach the hungry more than 2 months faster.
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How American food aid can hurt local farmers
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Currently, half of all money spent on food aid is spent on transportation costs.
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A Food Aid Miracle Waiting to Happen
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Why CARE Believes the Time is Right for Food Aid Reform
CARE advocates across the country wrote in to their local newspapers in support of farm bill reforms that would improve how food aid is distributed around the world. ...
The farm bill recently signed into law by President Barack Obama took years to clear Congress - and triggered showdowns over everything from food stamps to agricultural...
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