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Food Aid Needs To Consider Local Economies

The Guardian: Fed on food aid: does emergency nutrition cripple local economies?
Matthew Jenkin, editor of Guardian Careers

“In July news broke that local micronutrient producers in Haiti were in danger of going out of business because of the actions of NGOs. The non-profit Meds & Food for Kids (MFK) came close to closure after the World Food Programme (WFP) said it wouldn’t be buying anything from the company for four years because they had a corn-soy blend from USAID — for free. Providing emergency nutrition in a way that undermines the capacity of local economies to respond to food insecurity and malnutrition themselves seems a clear violation of the ‘do-no-harm’ principle…” (8/13).