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U.S. Food Aid Programs Need Reforms To ‘3 Major Flaws’ To Make Progress Toward Ending Global Hunger

The Hill: A great America deserves a great international food aid policy
Ryan Nabil, research associate for the American Enterprise Institute’s Economic Policy Studies Department; Stephanie Mercier, director of policy and advocacy at the Farm Journal Foundation; and Vincent H. Smith, visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and professor at Montana State University

“…To improve the effectiveness of U.S. food aid programs, three major flaws built into those programs should be eliminated: monetization of food aid, the mandate to source almost all food used for aid purposes from the United States, and agricultural cargo preference. … [B]y ending cargo preference, shifting to local and regional sourcing, and terminating the monetization program, the next U.S. president and Congress could go a long way towards providing food aid to an additional four to 10 million people worldwide without expanding the food aid budget. Moreover, reaching more people in need at no additional cost to the U.S. taxpayer is likely to do nothing but good for the standing of the United States in its relationships with developing nations, as well as with other developed countries who are its allies in the mission to end global hunger” (8/29).