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Food For Peace Reform Act Would Boost Efficiency, Cost-Effectiveness Of U.S. Food Aid

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“…One size does not fit all when it comes to emergency response, and the Food for Peace Reform Act would increase space for innovation to ensure that we can get assistance to the people who need it. … U.S. agriculture will always play a role in U.S. food aid, but bags of American food commodities are but one tool among many in the toolbox. The U.S. government must also be allowed to purchase food in or near the region where assistance is needed, or provide electronic food and cash vouchers … These both have the added benefit of strengthening local markets and supporting local farmers, building long-term food security to speed the day that U.S. assistance is no longer needed. Beyond issues of efficiency and cost-effectiveness, U.S. food aid should also be an instrument of hope for people…” (11/19).

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