Foreign Food Aid And The Farm Bill

Foreign Food Aid And The Farm Bill

The so-called farm bill is about a lot more than agriculture subsidies and food stamps. We explore why people around the world closely watched its passage, and where food aid fits into U.S. diplomatic strategy.

The farm bill recently signed into law by President Barack Obama took years to clear Congress - and triggered showdowns over everything from food stamps to agricultural subsidies. But this sprawling piece of legislation isn't a purely domestic matter: it includes provisions affecting international food aid efforts that are a plank of American foreign policy. We explore where food aid fits into U.S. diplomatic strategy, and how this new legislation affects, and doesn't affect, the status quo.

Guests

Dan Glickman

Executive Director, Congressional Program, Aspen Institute; Former U.S. Agriculture Secretary; Former Member, U.S. House of Representatives (D-Kansas)

Gawain Kripke

Director, Policy and Research, Oxfam America

Ato Tefera Derebew

Agriculture Minister, Ethiopia

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