Reforming food aid can save millions, but pride a deadly sin
Can the Farm Bureau get over itself?May 1st, 2013 | by Gawain Kripke
“Exports via food aid are a small drop in the market…Our concern is less about decreasing an important revenue stream for U.S. agriculture. It’s more about the loss of a sense of pride.” ~Veronica Nigh, an economist with the American Farm Bureau Federation in 5/1 Reuters article
Dear Ms. Nigh and the American Farm Bureau,
We’re glad you’re proud of supplying the US food aid program. But there are millions of people around the world facing hunger and crisis who might appreciate it if you’d step aside and let Congress and our leaders improve the program.
The program is vital to address hunger around the world, but is desperately in need of reform. It’s inefficient, slow, wastes money, and as a result, doesn’t help nearly as many people as it could.
Doing so might actually help feed an additional 4 million people worldwide, which is truly something of which Americans could be proud.
Sincerely, Oxfam America