As famine descends on a huge swath of the globe, the White House is rolling back aid, ramping up conflict, and risking more climate chaos.
The road to a negotiated settlement will be long and bumpy.
The food price crisis has made demand more acute and supplies even scarcer, but it hasn’t really changed the underlying problems with food aid as a response to hunger.
Niger is the poorest country in the world. Neither humanitarian aid nor free-market reforms prevented its 2005 food crisis.
Food aid is one way of addressing the global problem of hunger. But where should the food come from and how should it be delivered? John Rivera of Catholic Relief Services and FPIF’s Conn Hallinan square off.
Cut global poverty in half by 2015? Not with the current mix of debt relief, U.S. trade policy, bureaucratic inertia, and greedy brokers.