IRIN Examines Future Of U.S. Food Aid, Congressional Negotiations On Farm Bill

IRIN: The battle over the future of U.S. food aid
“…[T]he White House, Congress, think tanks, aid agencies, and special interest groups are all jostling for a say in the future of American food aid. The Trump administration had already proposed a budget that would have closed two primary food aid programs — Food for Peace and the McGovern-Dole Food for Education scheme. However, Congress — urged across the board by interest groups, including aid organizations, shippers, and commodity producers — looks unlikely to approve anything close to the White House’s proposal. … But as quadrennial negotiations over the 2018 Farm Bill begin, how food aid will be treated by the Trump administration remains an open question…” (Oakford, 8/8).

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