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Food Aid Reform Would Allow U.S. To Reach More People With ‘Life-Saving Assistance’

Noting a conference committee is meeting “to resolve the differences in the House and Senate versions” of the Farm Bill, including language on food aid reform, ONE’s Ted Brennan writes in the organization’s blog, “It is here in the conference committee where we have a real opportunity to include real food aid reform in the final bill.” He continues, “Specifically, the conferees should [a]uthorize local and regional procurement as a tool for delivering food assistance” and “[r]educe monetization through increased flexibility of program funding and establish cost recovery targets for monetization activities.” Making these reforms “will enable us to reach thousands or even millions more people with life-saving assistance in times of conflict, food crises, and other humanitarian emergencies,” he concludes (11/4).