Delivery Of Food Aid Must Be Reformed, Says Royce

Food aid is saddled by burdensome requirements that add on the costs, warned Royce.

Ed RoyceBy Steph Dingbaum

Half of the U.S. food aid budget has gone to transportation costs, Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) warned during a a House Foreign Affairs hearing on Wednesday.

Royce said the current law requires half of the U.S. food aid to be shipped in U.S. flagged vessels.

This adds $140 million in transportation costs each year and delivery takes months longer, Royce explained.

He went on to say that after two years of fighting in Syria, the first U.S. food aid has just arrived.

Andrew S. Natsios former administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development argued before the committee that the current program must be made more flexible. For example, Natsios noted, all the food aid must come from the U.S.

If the food was bought locally then the food will not have to travel so far, Notsios argued.

In May, Royce introduced in the Food Aid Reform Act in order to feed more people at a lower costs.

“If Congress can’t agree to help more people in less time and less cost, then there is little hope for broader foreign aid reform,” said Royce.

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