April 17, 2013
In this Jan. 16, 2010, file photo, a woman carries a bag containing rice donated by the United States Agency for International Development, USAID, as she walks through a market in Leogane, Haiti, days after a powerful earthquake hit Haiti. Food aid groups are pushing President Barack Obama's administration to overhaul the way the United States helps starving people abroad. At issue is whether the government should ship U.S.-grown food overseas to aid developing countries and starving people or simply help those countries with cash to buy food. Currently, the United States is shipping food abroad, a process many food aid groups say is inefficient.
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The head of the Obama administration’s international food aid efforts says a proposal to shift the way food is delivered abroad could help an additional 4 million starving people. But there doesn’t appear to be much support for the idea on Capitol Hill.
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