Improving Food Aid Using Local Food

Buying famine relief food locally in the affected countries would annually feed at least a million more people for 6 months than the current distribution system, according to a report in the NY Times.

The UN World Food Program has requested an urgent donation of cash for this purpose in Zambia, but opposition comes from US agribusiness, shipping, charitable groups, and Congress, who seem to value their own financial interests over the ethical imperative.

I was surprised to discover that Bush supports this initiative which has been voted down twice by Congress.