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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Politics and the U.S. food aid program

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Malawi  (Photo credit: Peter Casier)
The cost of transporting food reduces the amount of aid. With rising prices attributed to shipping, food being sent abroad has fallen to 1.8 million cubic tons annually from 5 million cubic tons.

In a study titled “The Timeliness and Cost-Effectiveness of the Local and Regional Procurement of Food Aid,” the authors confirm an obvious assumption, that the “procuring of food locally or distributing cash or vouchers results in a time savings of nearly 14 weeks, a 62 percent gain in timeliness.” Time saving is crucial for countries experiencing substantial food shortages.

In addition, the study indicates that the LRP (Local & Regional Procurement of Food Aid) is not always superior to transoceanic food aid in cost-effectiveness terms. This maybe why 55 percent of food, in the new proposal, would continue to be purchased from American farmers.  Read more...
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