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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The Obama Administration’s proposal to change an outdated food aid restriction would allow the United States to feed millions more people at the same cost.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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Top Reasons Cultural Transformations Fail, Leadership Behaviors & Supporting New Structure

Top Reasons Cultural Transformations Fail, Leadership Behaviors & Supporting New Structure | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

"Managers’ leadership behaviors & operational decisions get to the root of the problem with failing change efforts including cultural transformations."


“…studies show that upper management is only aware of about 4% of all the problems...”


From a post today by Graham Garrison:

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  • “…studies show that upper management is only aware of about 4% of all the problems in the workplace while those on the bottom rung are aware of 100%.

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  • “A huge factor is engaging managers and frontline workers before changes are implemented. The frontlines know what is working and what isn’t; get their perspective and making them a part of the change.”

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In change, it's getting both the leadership & management behaviors & actions to aligned realization, reference Daryl Conner (Managing at the Speed of Change) and his Commitment Curve.  Garrision highlights:

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  • Our experience is BOTH leadership and management are needed. 
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  • Focusing on the “soft” side of culture, such as purposeful connections to the heart, an energizing vision, engaging through core values, or strengthening leadership behaviors are vital. 

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  • [They must be] backed up by realigning operational processes and shifting key support systems 

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  • Otherwise you'll end up with "highly motivated people who come to feel manipulated and powerless against 'the bureaucracy.'"
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It is in the tactical and operational structures of IT, metrics/measurement, org structure and HR  (compensation, what gets people hired, fired, and promoted) where leadership & manager values become "rhetoric or reality," says Garrison.

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