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)

Farm Bill (H.R. 2642) Conference Committee

Chairman Royce Presses for Common Sense Reforms to U.S. International Food Aid (October 30, 2013)

House Committee on Agriculture: First Public Meeting for 2013 Farm Bill Conference Committee Announced (October 23, 2013)

Chairman Royce, Ranking Member Engel, Rep. Marino Tapped for House-Senate Farm Bill Conference Committee (October 12, 2013)

Ranking Member Engel Speaks in Support of International Food Aid Reform:


Royce/Engel Amendment to Farm Bill

Chairman Royce and Ranking Member Engel to Offer Farm Bill Amendment to Reform Food Aid to Feed More People, More Quickly, at Lower Cost (June 18, 2013)


Royce/Bass Legislation to Reform Food Aid

H.R. 1983, Food Aid Reform Act To amend the Food for Peace Act to reform the food assistance programs under that Act, and for other purposes (introduced on May 15, 2013 by Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) and Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA)). 

[Full Text of H.R. 1983]

Section-by-section Summary of H.R. 1983

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Food Aid Fact Sheet


President Obama's Proposal to Reform Food Aid

[Administration Proposal via USAID]


News Releases on Reforming Food Aid

Chairman Royce Presses for Common Sense Reforms to U.S. International Food Aid (October 30, 2013)

House Committee on Agriculture: First Public Meeting for 2013 Farm Bill Conference Committee Announced (October 23, 2013)

Chairman Royce, Ranking Member Engel, Rep. Marino Tapped for House-Senate Farm Bill Conference Committee (October 12, 2013)

30 U.S. Humanitarian and Advocacy NGOs Encourage Support for Royce-Engel Amendment to Farm Bill to Reform Food Aid to Feed More People, More Quickly, at a Lower Cost (June 18, 2013)

What They are Saying about Food Aid Reform (June 18, 2013)

Chairman Royce and Ranking Member Engel to Offer Farm Bill Amendment to Reform Food Aid to Feed More People, More Quickly, at Lower Cost (June 18, 2013) 

Chairman Royce Announces Hearing on Reforming U.S. Food Aid Delivery to Feed More for Less (June 6, 2013)

Chairman Royce, Subcommittee Ranking Member Bass Move to Reform U.S. Food Aid Delivery to Help More at Less Expense (May 15, 2013)

Royce, Engel Statement on Food Aid Reforms Proposed in President Obama’s FY 2014 Budget (April 10, 2013)


Hearings on Reforming Food Aid

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)


Broad Support for Food Aid Reform

Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack

Former Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman

Former USAID Administrator Andrew Natsios

National Farmers Union

Center for Global Development

The Heritage Foundation

CATO Institute

American Enterprise Institute

Brookings Institution

ONE Campaign

CARE USA

Oxfam America

Bread for the World

World Food Program USA

InterAction

Mercy Corps

Mercy-USA for Aid and Development

The Hunger Project

Church World Service

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Lutheran World Relief

Catholic Relief Services

Catholic Chairities USA

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

National Catholic Rural Life Conference

Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Presbyterian Church

The Episcopal Church

American Jewish World Service

Helen Keller International

Partners in Health

American Public Health Association

Cargill

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network

Save the Children

Center for American Progress

International Relief & Development

International Rescue Committee

Life for Relief and Development

RESULTS

Winrock

World Vision

Letter from Catherine Bertini, Former Executive Director of the UN World Food Program, Cosigned by 38 other Leaders in Foreign Relations and International Aid


Editorials/Op-Eds Endorsing Food Aid Reform

Star Tribune: Farm bill can make it easier to get food where it's needed (November 1, 2013)

Tribune-Review Editorial: Food aid in need of rescue (October 16, 2013)

Washington Post Editorial: Lessons in refining food aid from 'Capatin Phillips' (October 14, 2013)

St. Louis Post-Dispatch Letter to the Editor: Food aid reform is both wise and moral (October 8, 2013)

Roll Call Op-Ed: Food for All: Tackling Hunger and Malnutrition (June 19, 2013) By HELENE D. GAYLE

The Hill Op-Ed: International food aid needs reform (June 18, 2013) by REP. ED ROYCE AND REP. ELIOT ENGEL

Miami Herald Editorial: Food aid that works (June 18, 2013)

Wall Street Journal Op-Ed: More Food Aid for Less Money (June 14, 2013) By JOSHUA BOLTEN AND JOHN PODESTA

Washington Post Editorial: U.S. food aid reform runs into hurdles on the Hill (May 12, 2013)

Chicago Tribune Editorial: The business of hunger (May 9, 2013)

New York Times Editorial: Food Aid Reform (April 27, 2013)

Washington Post Editorial: U.S. food aid: Take the local food movement global (April 18, 2013)

Washington Post Op-Ed: A compelling reform of the U.S. food aid (April 15, 2013) By MICHAEL GERSON


Reports and Fact Sheets

House Foreign Affairs Committee Fact Sheet

President Obama's Proposal via USAID

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

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

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA LOCAL AND REGIONAL FOOD AID PROCUREMENT PILOT PROJECT)

Cornell University (The Timeliness and Cost‐Effectiveness of the Local and Regional Procurement of Food Aid)

Bread for the World Fact Sheet on International Food Aid Reform

Center for Global Development Report

CATO Institute Report


Food Aid Reform in the News

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)