Protectionist food aid shipping rules waste money, cost lives

This week, the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations is scheduled to discuss ways to reform the Food for Peace Program, an international aid program introduced by President Eisenhower in 1954 which has developed to reach tens of millions of people in food-insecure regions every year. Economist Christopher Barrett, who is author of the award-winning Food Aid After Fifty […]

Hidden effect of Ebola, malnutrition and food insecurity

Chris Barrett, professor of applied economics and management at Cornell University warns that the Ebola outbreak, and especially the quarantines it has prompted, are putting food harvests and markets at great risk and may lead to serious malnutrition-related health problems – which will affect far more people than any infectious disease. Barrett says:  “Ebola will […]

World Food Day: U.S. needs food policies that feed people and economies

Chris Barrett is a professor of applied economics and management at Cornell University and author of an American Enterprise Institute paper on U.S. food assistance programs and the book Food Aid After Fifty Years: Recasting Its Role.  In light of World Food Day on Wednesday, Barrett comments on how U.S. food aid should change to […]