Next U.S. President Should Improve Aid Policies In 3 Ways To Address Global Food Insecurity

The Hill: New president should do more to address world hunger
David Hong, global senior policy analyst at One Acre Fund, and Homi Kharas, senior fellow and deputy director for global economics and development at the Brookings Institution

“…Food insecurity — defined by a lack of reliable access to healthy, affordable food — can contribute to political instability, child malnutrition, and the loss of precious natural resources. … Programs like Feed the Future, our government’s official strategy to improve food security, don’t go far enough to address these challenges. … [T]here are many solutions about how the U.S. can improve its aid policies … Specifically, the next administration should focus on three main points. First, the U.S. needs to increase support for smallholder farmers. … Second, funding should be more transparent. … Third, more funding should go toward innovative ideas that stretch donor dollars further and maximize social good. … [W]e need to ask our leaders to raise the standards and transparency for how we deliver foreign assistance. If the next president fails to act, the challenges of civil unrest, child malnutrition, and natural resource degradation will only continue to grow” (10/17).

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