International Food Aid Reform

“Modernizing U.S. international food aid to help more people facing starvation, more quickly, at a lower cost is common sense, especially given our national debt.”
– House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA)


"Reforming Food Aid: Desperate Need to Do Better" (October 7, 2015)

Senate Foreign Relations: "American Food Aid: Why Reform Matters" (April 15, 2015)

"Modernizing U.S. International Food Aid: Reaching More for Less" (June 12, 2013)

"The FY 2014 Budget Request: U.S. Foreign Assistance Priorities and Strategy" (April 25, 2013)

Reports and Fact Sheets

President Obama's Proposal via USAID

Congressional Research Service (International Food Aid Programs: Background and Issues)

U.S. Government Accountability Office (International Food Assistance: Cargo Preference Increases Food Aid Shipping Costs, and Benefits Are Unclear)

American Enterprise Institute (Military readiness and food aid cargo preference: Many costs and few benefits)

U.S. Government Accountability Office (Prepositioning Speeds Delivery of Emergency Aid, but Additional Monitoring of Time Frames and Costs Is Needed)

U.S. Government Accountability Office (Funding Development Projects through the Purchase, Shipment, and Sale of U.S. Commodities Is Inefficient and Can Cause Adverse Market Impacts)

Center for Global Development (Food Aid Tragically Failing to Keep Up)

The Mosbacher Institute (Food Aid Reform Takeaway)

American Enterprise Institute (Why the US Food Aid System Needs Reform)

Oxfam (Food Aid: A Critical Program, Ripe for Reform)

CARE (Five Things You Need to Know About Food Aid Reform)

Public Integrity Center (How Shipping Unions Sunk Food Aid Reform)

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA local and regional food aid procurement pilot project)

CATO Institute Report

Food Aid Reform in the News

Today's Example Of The Crony Capitalism We Need To Destroy (November 17, 2015)

House Agricultural Committee schedules hearing on cargo preference for tomorrow morning (November 16, 2015)

Digital payments: Save time, save costs, save lives (November 5, 2015)

Food Aid and U.S. Military Readiness (November 4, 2015)

Iowa Farmer Today: Cargo law inflates USDA food aid costs (October 3, 2015)

Global Trade Magazine: Cargo Preference Increases Food Aid Shipping Costs, Benefits of Policy Are Unclear (October 2, 2015)

Real Clear World: Why the US Food Aid System Needs Reform (June 4, 2015)

US News and World Report: Food Aid Reform Would Allow Us to Feed More for Less (April 25, 2015)

Boston Globe Editorial: Unfinished USAID Reforms (August 29, 2015)

IRIN: American Food Aid: The Long Road to Reform (July 30, 2015)

Devex: Food Aid Showdown in Congress (May 7, 2015)

Al Jazeera America: Time to Fix Food Aid (May 21, 2015)

US News and World Report: Food Aid Reform Would Allow Us to Feed More for Less (April 25, 2015)

The Hill: Cooking Up Food Aid Reform (March 9, 2015)

Humanosphere: United States Wastes Billions of Dollars to Ship Food Aid (October 23, 2014)

USA Today: Hunger Pains – Troubled USAID Food Program Struggles to Move Forward (September 26, 2014)

New York Times: Typhoon Revives Debate on US Food Aid Methods (November 22, 2013)

Orange County Register: Rep. Royce proposes efficiencies that would expand food aid abroad (November 14, 2013)

NPR: Philippines Disaster Rekindles Fight Over Food Aid Rules (November 15, 2013)

The Guardian: Can US farm bill satisfy hunger for reform? (November 11, 2013)

CQ Roll Call: Citing Syria Crisis, Administration Throws Weight Behind Food Aid Provision in Senate Farm Bill (November 5, 2013)

ONE: Reforming food aid means saving more lives in times of crisis (November 4, 2013)

Kaiser Family Foundation: Congressional Conference Committee Begins Debate On Food Aid Reform In Farm Bill (November 1, 2013)

Devex: Supporters rally for small change on US food aid legislative battle (October 29, 2013)

VOA: Cash Can Beat Food Aid in Combating Hunger, Study Says (October 28, 2013)

New York Times: Lobbying Heats Up Before Farm Talks (October 23, 2013)

OXFAM: 53 Members of House of Representatives call for international food aid reform in farm bill (October 22, 2013)

OXFAM: Pirates, Captain Phillips, and international food aid (October 18, 2013)

CQ Roll Call: Royce Engel to Push Food Aid Tweaks in Farm Bill (October 16, 2013)

CQ Roll Call: Test Vote Set in House for Obama's Food Aid Overhaul Plan (June 19, 2012)

Roll Call: Royce: Food Aid Debate Foreshadows Fate of Broader Overhaul (June 18, 2013)

NYT: Food Company and Farmers Union Back Changes to Aid Program (May 22, 2013)

Heritage: Getting More Bang for the Buck from Food Aid (May 20, 2013)

NYT: As Obama Pushes Overhaul of Food Aid, Panels in Congress Favor Smaller Changes (May 17, 2013)

Chicago Tribune: Food aid for the 21st century (May 9, 2013)

U.S. News and World Report: Obama's Promising Food Aid Reforms (May 6, 2013)

CNN: How to get food aid right (May 6, 2013)

Washington Times: Lugar and Daschle: Defeating a global enemy — hunger (May 1, 2013)

NYT: When Food Isn’t the Answer to Hunger (April 24, 2013)

The Hill: Obama budget sets up congressional fight over food aid (April 10, 2013)

Politico: Food aid for the 21st century (April 3, 2013)

Foreign Policy: Let Them Eat Subsidies (March 1, 2013)