July 18, 2013

food policy

FoodPolicy.US convened a broad-based panel of expert stakeholders at the DC campus of New York University to frame the critical debate around proposed reforms to U.S. international food aid.

The Honorable Dan Glickman, Former Secretary of Agriculture, moderated a panel discussion featuring Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute Shenggen Fan, President of the National Farmers Union Roger Johnson, and Executive Director of the Alliance for Global Food Security Ellen Levinson.

A video introduction to the program was provided by The Honorable Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme. The Honorable Nancy Lindborg, Assistant Administrator for the Bureau of Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), offered closing remarks.

Food Policy US

Video Introduction:


Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the
United Nations World Programme

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Meet the Panel

The Honorable Ertharin Cousin

Shenggen Fan

The Honorable Dan Glickman

Ellen Levinson

Roger Johnson

The Honorable Nancy Lindborg

The President’s FY 2014 Budget proposes to reform the Food for Peace Program by authorizing USAID to purchase up to 45 percent of its food aid abroad and eliminating the monetization process through which many NGOs fund their development programs. Additionally, the “Food Aid Reform Act” (H.R. 1983) has proposed exempting food assistance from cargo preference as a means to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of programs while cutting costs.