Stakeholders must work together on U.S. food aid reform

Published on May 3, 2013 at 8:23 AM · No Comments

"Congress should put aside partisanship and turf protection as it considers bold changes to a decades-old and increasingly inefficient international food aid program," former Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), who chaired the Agriculture and Foreign Relations committees, and former Sen. Thomas Daschle (D-S.D.), who served as Senate majority leader, write in a Washington Times opinion piece. Noting "[t]he Obama administration's 2014 budget proposed overhauling the Food for Peace program, building on a similar reform proposal from the George W. Bush administration to reduce high administrative costs and thereby reach more hungry people," they state, "U.S. global food assistance provides vital humanitarian and emergency assistance to people facing famine, natural disasters or conflict. It is central to U.S. leadership toward peace and security."

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