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Blog Examines Disagreement Over Food Aid Reform Among Aid Groups

“Food aid is shaping up to be one of the most hotly contended issues in the frequently hotly contended Farm Bill,” development blogger Tom Paulson writes in the Humanosphere blog. “[T]he Obama administration has proposed some major changes to food aid aimed at purchasing some of the food overseas and…

Proposed Food Aid Reform Needs Bipartisan Support

Noting “[t]he Obama administration’s FY14 budget request included a food aid reform proposal that the administration estimated would allow U.S. food aid to reach an additional two to four million people per year — for roughly what the United States spends now,” Beth Schwanke, senior associate for policy outreach at…

Support For Food Aid Reform Should Be ‘No Brainer’

“The president took a bold step forward earlier this year when he requested wide-ranging changes to our food aid program to make them more efficient and cost-effective,” Jim French, the lead agriculture organizer for Oxfam America, writes in The Hill’s “Congress Blog,” noting Reps. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) and Karen Bass…

USGLC Report Makes Recommendations For U.S. Foreign Policy

The Washington-based U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) this week released “a new report on enhancing United States soft power,” Foreign Policy’s “The Cable” blog reports. The report “highlights six recommendations ranging from increased funding for the civilian side of the State Department’s national security staff to more public-private partnerships to…

USAID Water And Development Strategy A ‘First Step In The Right Direction’

“It’s a big moment, and one that has been long awaited: [USAID] has released its first-ever Water and Development Strategy [.pdf] — a roadmap of the U.S. government’s approach to water programming that focuses on efforts to save lives through the provision of sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene services,” David…

House Panel Rejects Changes To Food Aid Program Proposed By Obama Administration

“The House of Representatives panel in charge of agricultural funding rejected on Wednesday the Obama administration’s request for a sweeping change to food aid programs that have been in place since the Cold War,” Reuters reports. “It was the second defeat in three days for the White House budget proposal…