Food Aid for the 21st Century: Saving More Money, Time, and Lives

Food Aid for the 21st Century: Saving More Money, Time, and Lives. Center for Global Development. Kimberly Ann Elliott and William McKitterick. June 3, 2013.

American food aid helps around 50 million people every year, but it could reach millions more. Requiring it to be in kind, purchased in the United States, and transported on US-flagged ships makes food aid less efficient and effective than it should be. President Obama’s FY2014 budget would relax in-kind and cargo preference requirements and eliminate monetization, the practice of donating food aid to private organizations that sell it in developing countries to fund their projects. The U.S. Agency for International Development estimates that such reforms would help food aid reach as many as 4 million more people for the same amount of money. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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