Feeding the world’s poor through efficient markets: The future of US food aid policy

Feeding the world’s poor through efficient markets: The future of US food aid policy

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. AEI, Twelfth Floor 1150 Seventeenth Street, NW Washington, DC 20036

In its 2014 budget, the White House proposed an important change to US food aid policy: sourcing food from local and regional markets when that is the fastest and most cost-efficient way to prevent hunger and malnutrition, and continuing to ship food from the United States when it is not. The Obama administration has argued that this change would allow funds to be used in the most efficient way to feed to the world’s poorest families in times of crisis.

While some legislators and interest groups have opposed the proposed changes, arguing for the delivery of US-grown food in all cases, free-market economists and many foreign aid organizations have argued in favor of the Obama administration’s policy. Please join us for a panel discussion to examine this interesting coalition and to discuss the benefits and costs of the administration’s proposal in relation to current policy.

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