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IRIN Examines Future Of Global Food Aid

“By the end of the next decade food security could deteriorate in some of the world’s poorest countries, according to a recent global forecast by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA),” IRIN reports. “In the past decade global food aid, including the amount making its way to sub-Saharan Africa” — which will remain the most food-insecure region in the world — “has been on a downward trend,” the news service writes, adding, “The face of food aid has also begun to change. In the past decade, ‘food aid’ has begun to evolve into ‘food assistance,’ which includes help provided in the form of cash and vouchers for people in need.” According to the news service, “IRIN asked some of the world’s leading experts to speculate on the future of food aid.” The article includes comments from Christopher Barrett of Cornell University; Daniel Maxwell, a professor at Tufts University’s Feinstein International Center; Eric Munoz, senior policy adviser with Oxfam America; and José Luis Vivero Pol, an anti-hunger activist with Université Catholique de Louvain (Kindra, 7/26).