American Food Aid: Why Reforms Matter

The central goal of any government program should be to meet the program’s core objectives as efficiently and effectively as possible. From their inception, US Emergency and other Food Aid Programs have accomplished a great deal in alleviating hunger, malnutrition, morbidity and mortality among the world’s most desperately poor populations. However, they have not been nearly as efficient and effective as they can be and should have been in providing aid that mitigates the adverse effects of hunger and malnutrition of children and adults. Monetization, the practice of shipping U.S. food to foreign destinations to be sold by Non-Government Agencies in commercial markets to obtain cash to be used for other aid related projects, is simply a waste of resources. The practice results in non-Governmental Organizations obtaining 70 to 75 cents for every dollar of tax funds used in the monetization process.

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