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When Food Isn't the Answer to Hunger

When Food Isn't the Answer to Hunger | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it
The Obama Administration’s proposal to change an outdated food aid restriction would allow the United States to feed millions more people at the same cost.

   

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...By strengthening and not undercutting local farmers, cash aid also helps countries to avoid hunger later.

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In many places, people go hungry because there is no food. But in a lot of places, food is available and the market is working — people are just too poor to buy it. In those places, giving individuals or charitable groups cash to buy food can make food aid cheaper, faster and fairer. By strengthening and not undercutting local farmers, cash aid also helps countries to avoid hunger later.


   

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...giving individuals or groups cash to buy food can make food aid cheaper, faster and fairer....the United States, the largest donor, is still tied to sending [food]...

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With the exception of one country, every major supplier of humanitarian food aid enjoys the flexibility to use whatever form of aid works best — they can send food, buy food in the affected region, or just provide cash or vouchers. But the United States, the largest donor, is still tied to sending sacks of grain and legumes from America. Only 15 percent of American humanitarian food aid can be untied — bought outside the United States.


Now the Obama administration proposes giving America more flexibility. In the 2014 budget it just submitted to Congress, it is upping the untied amount from 15 percent to 45 percent.


The proposal also modernizes food aid by ending a second great inefficiency: a process known as monetization. And it is planning to ask American companies to provide not just commodities but also super-nutritious foods for the severely malnourished — in general modernizing food aid.


Read the full article here, including the problem in Haiti - why our food donations are disrupting their ability to recover.


Photo:  By Feed My Starving Children (FMSC), Flickr

 

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Smart intervention into the food, market & hunger system seems to be the answer.  The US system of subsidy seems to be part of the problem, especially for Haiti and other very poor countries.  ~  D

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Robin Martin's comment, May 18, 2013 10:57 AM
Thanks for sharing Deb...I'm rescooping this one to "leadership." I guess I need the premium version of Scoop.it so I can create more topics!! ; )
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Nourishing state talent, a STEM education leadership & culture challenge in Colorado

Nourishing state talent, a STEM education leadership & culture challenge in Colorado | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

A new generation of education leaders aims to change what has been dubbed the “Colorado Paradox” -- the inability of the education system to generate a native population of highly-skilled and educated professionals to meet the needs of local industry."


Colorado imports most of its intellectual power. Reports indicate that Colorado has one of the highest number of college graduates per capita, yet it ranks 30th nationally in graduation rates — only 1 in 5 of its ninth-graders proceed to earn an associate or bachelor’s degree. 

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

I have family in Colorado.  They are educated in the sciences, and they are imports.  The culture of the state may also be a factor in what happens educationally. ~  D

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Solid Systems: A Michigan Muffin Mix's 21st Century Vision and Values

Solid Systems:  A Michigan Muffin Mix's 21st Century Vision and Values | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

"A rare CEO personal phone call:  After making a customer complaint, I received a phone call from the CEO of Jiffy mix, the top producer of baking mixes in America."


While Jiffy competes by selling quality products at the lowest price (40 to 60 cents for corn muffins, for example), most American companies now try to sell their products by making people feel inadequate. 


Many of our best and brightest minds shuffle paper and money ...to earn big salaries, while the real creators of wealth — bakers, builders, farmers, inventors, teachers, designers, and doctors are loaded down by debt.

Jiffy mix is a welcome trend-breaker.

According to CEO Holmes, "Our staff puts more emphasis on internal and external relationships than we do on completing tasks. This is very different from most companies ... Our dedication to strong family business values, combined with real world professionalism has us uniquely situated for the 21st Century."


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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Michigan based Jiffy Mix will have to fend with GMO issues & carb reduction in the future.  Yet today they know where their core audience is and where they are going.  In the end, business is still all about sustainability, relationships and not just the short term bottom line. ~  Deb

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