FAO wants food aid system revamped

The Food and Agriculture Organization is recommending an overhaul of food aid programs in order to boost long-term efforts to fight global hunger. “Reforms to the international food aid system are necessary but they should be undertaken giving due consideration to the needs of those whose lives are at risk,? the FAO said in its new report. Though it helped save lives, emergency aid when provided over a lengthy period, the agency argued, causes harm in the form of market destabilization, import dependency and stalled economic reforms. FAO is calling on donors to send cash or food coupons instead of food shipments particularly in cases where food is available locally. (Source: U.N. urges food aid reforms to combat hunger/Reuters)

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