House Agriculture Committee continues review of international food aid programs

Sep 30, 2015

Today, the House Agriculture Committee continued its review of U.S. international food aid programs by hearing from a variety of interested stakeholders—private voluntary organizations, commodity organizations, and agricultural processors—regarding their perspectives on how the programs are functioning.  These witnesses represent those who produce and process the food used for these programs, as well as the on-the-ground implementers who distribute food aid through emergency feeding and development projects across the globe.   

“The U.S. continues to lead global efforts in alleviating hunger and malnutrition thanks to the longstanding commitment and coordination of a wide array of stakeholders like the ones we heard from today. Today’s hearing was helpful in providing a better understanding of the respective roles the various partners play. Their input will prove invaluable as we prepare for future farm bill negotiations, where we will strive to strike the appropriate balance between in-kind and cash-based assistance. It is imperative that all interested parties have a seat at the table as we discuss potential reforms to food aid and proposals for a whole-of-government approach to global food security. I am committed to ensuring that happens and look forward to hearing from additional stakeholders, including the maritime industry, later this Congress,” Chairman K. Michael Conaway said. 

Written testimony provided by the witness from today’s hearing is linked below. Click here for more information, including Chairman Conaway's opening statement, and the archived webcast.

Witness List:

Panel I

Ms. Laura Dills, Deputy Regional Director - Program Quality, East Africa Regional Office, Catholic Relief Services, Baltimore, MD
Mr. Lucas Koach, Senior Policy Advisor, Food for the Hungry, Washington, DC
Mr. John Didion, CEO, Didion Milling, Johnson Creek, WI
Mr. Jeff Peanick, CEO, Breedlove Foods, Inc., Lubbock, TX
Mr. Wade Cowan, President, American Soybean Association, Brownfield TX
Mr. James William Warshaw, Chairman, Food Aid Subcommittee, USA Rice, Lake Charles, LA