Hunger in the news
24 February 2009
Cutting world hunger needs to be a top priority for the Obama administration and Congress, despite the sagging economy and pressing domestic initiatives, aid groups said on Tuesday. The United States should boost spending on food and agricultural aid by 60 percent in 2010 to $6.36 billion, and commit to further increases to $13.31 billion by 2014, a broad coalition of aid and development organizations said. [...] Groups have forged consensus that traditional emergency shipments of U.S.-grown farm commodities should be balanced with longer-term cash and development programs, said Karen Sendelback, president of Friends of the World Food Program. Farm groups and shippers may fight the move, said David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World, but cash-based aid can often be faster, cheaper, and more appropriate. "If you're trying to feed babies, corn isn't what you need," Beckmann said.