The Stalling Debate Over Food Aid Reform

Global Food Politics

President Obama’s proposal to reform the US food aid system was widely celebrated by critics of the current system. But his proposals appear to have run into strong opposition in Congress.

According to the New York Times, members of both the House and Senate agriculture subcommittees have already voiced opposition to proposal to shift responsibility for food aid programming from the Department of Agriculture to the US Agency for International Development and the Department of State. And in a rare sign of bipartisan cooperation in Washington DC, subcommittee Republicans and Democrats are hesitant.

Robert Aderholt (R-AL), House agriculture committee chair, expressed concern that shifting the food aid budget from the Department of Agriculture to the Department of State would “hurt American farmers.” Sam Farr (D-CA), ranking Democrat on the subcommittee, raised similar concerns, noting that, “I’m not endorsing the transfer — the realignment — until there are assurances that…

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About Dr. Bukar USMAN, mni

I started as a field Veterinary officer with Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and later joined College of Agric, Maiduguri as a lecture & a Researcher in the Department of Animal Health & Production. I was appointed the Provost of the College In 2003. In 2007 I was appointed Hon. Commissioner & Member Borno State Executive Council and later appointed Permanent Secretary with the Borno State Civil Service in 2009. I was the National Facilitator Animal Health, National Programme For Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development, Abuja. I was Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) and now Director North East Zone NAFDAC. I’m a member of the National Institute’ (mni), Kuru SEC 40, 2018. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I founded Sril Group Ltd, Nigeria.
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