Food Aid Reform Study Requested
– Food aid reform study requested. Although the House Ag Appropriations Subcommittee rejected the Obama administration’s plan to revamp the Food for Peace international food aid program, members have asked for an independent, third-party study on ways the program can reach more hungry people in an efficient and cost-effective way. The administration had proposed shifting the $1.4 billion funding for the program from USDA to the US Agency for International Development (USAID). Under the arrangement, 45 percent of funding would be spent on food purchases closer to people in need in order to reduce delivery time and foster local markets. The study would address “how the administration would find the greatest possible efficiencies in programs under existing law and regulation while seeking to feed more people without increased levels of funding” while also explaining “in detail how the administration’s proposed reform” could be done within existing law and regulations.