Making the most of food aid

May 10th, 2011 by Eric Munoz Posted in Aid, Drought, Ethiopia, Food security, Kenya, Somalia

Drought is worsening in the Horn of Africa – leaving around 8 million people across parts of Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia struggling to get enough to eat. A common response to the crisis is to ship in food aid, particularly from the USA. Yet food aid often has low nutritional value, inadequate for the needs of children and mothers. Purchasing food locally or regionally, instead of shipping it all the way from the US or Europe, would also be a more cost effective way of providing food, and would support small farmers in the developing world. Oxfam’s Eric Munoz writes in The Guardian on how we can try and make the most of food aid. Read the article here.

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