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U.S. food aid must be reformed to feed the hungry

If you teach a person to fish, she will eat for a lifetime, gaining sovereignty over her food system and food security. If you simply give a person a fish, however, she will eat for just a day. If you give her the US’s fishy leftovers from our subsidized food system, you could destroy the local producers’ livelihoods in her area. The US’s approach to humanitarian food aid in the last half century has stolen business from small-scale farmers and produced putrid piles of grain in markets around the world. While shipping loads of food overseas disadvantages farmers in the recipient countries, sourcing food aid from areas in crisis supports struggling farmers and builds local capacity. President Barack Obama has recently advocated for up to 45

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