Shipping Food Aid On Private U.S.-Flagged Vessels Is Inefficient

POLITICO Magazine: 2 Million Will Go Hungry If Congress Has Its Way
Dan Glickman, co-chair of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs Global Agricultural Development Initiative, and Peter McPherson, president of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities

“…[An] obscure provision [in the House-approved version of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act] would raise the percentage of U.S. food aid that is required to be transported on privately owned, U.S.-flagged commercial vessels from 50 to 75 percent. This would effectively deny two million people in countries like Haiti, South Sudan and the Central African Republic access to lifesaving U.S. food assistance. … The truth is, it costs dramatically more to ship food on U.S.-flagged vessels than on vessels otherwise available…” (6/4).