The Fringe Benefits of Food Aid
Food aid is crucial for countries still working their way up the poverty ladder, especially during humanitarian crises. However, if not managed properly, it could hamper the development of the local agricultural economy.
The World Food Program’s recent ‘Purchase for Progress’ program is an attempt to strike a balance. It goes for local procurement of food aid cereals in order to boost local production. The program also offers farmers logistics of the food aid marketing system.
On a related note, the relationship between food aid and beneficiaries can assume many interesting, visual forms. We recently observed in Ethiopia how cans of vegetable oil from USA were being used to produce a variety of products. There is much creativity involved, as seen in this video clip and this write-up.
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