Officials from various aid agencies believe that the international community should also think about boosting long-term investment to improve agriculture productivity, on top of extending food aid to developing countries. “These investments will reap high returns including peace and stability,” said Frank Orzechowski of the Catholic Relief Services. In Haiti, food riots led to the ouster of its prime minister over the weekend. “This perfect storm has hit with a speed and intensity that very few predicted,” according to Michael Usnick, director of U.S. relations at the World Food Program. “This is an increasingly difficult time. We need to get the right food to the right people at the right time,” Jeffrey Borns, who heads the largest U.S. food aid program, remarked.
Source: Aid sector sees lingering woes in food aid crunch (Reuters)