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Devex Examines Potential For Reform Of U.S. Food Aid Program

“For months, U.S. development officials, [non-governmental organization (NGO)] leaders and President Barack Obama have championed changes to the nation’s 50-year-old system for delivering food to developing and crisis-afflicted countries,” but “[f]or any of the momentum gained from those efforts to make a difference this year, reform advocates will have to resort to pushing incremental changes when the bill goes to conference Wednesday,” Devex reports. “Even without a comprehensive food aid reform package on the table — like those proposed by Obama in April under the House bill — reform supporters are hopeful the conference committee can still free up some cash for more flexible spending options, while getting a foot in the door for bigger changes down the road,” the news service writes. Devex includes comments from several food security experts (Igoe, 10/29).