CRS Joins in Support of International Food Aid in 2014 Farm Bill Agreement

January 28, 2014 by

Catholic Relief Services has joined over 20 other U.S.-based international humanitarian organizations in supporting the international food aid provisions in the 2014 farm bill agreed to by House and Senate negotiators.

In a letter sent to the chairs and ranking members of House and Senate agriculture committees, the group calls the bill’s approach to international food aid programs “common-sense and balanced.”

“These provisions represent significant steps in improving the efficiency of U.S. food aid programs, and will allow the United States to assist more hungry people around the world without additional cost,” the letter states.

The organizations praise the bill’s reform provisions that reduce the use of monetization to fund development projects and allow “a wider range of tools and greater flexibility” in emergency response.

Among the groups that joined CRS in signing the letter were Bread for the World, Church World Service, the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns and the American Jewish World Service.

Read the full text of the letter.

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