Foreign aid an introduction to us programs and policy congressional research service 1 foreign aid an introduction to us programs and policy us foreign aid is the largest component of the international affairs budget for decades viewed by many as an essential instrument of us foreign policy1 each year it is the subject of. Us international food aid programs background and issues congressional research service summary for almost six decades the united states has played a leading role in global efforts to alleviate hunger and malnutrition and to enhance world food security through international food. Fass non emergency food aid programs help meet recipients nutritional needs and also support agricultural development and education these food assistance programs combined with trade capacity building efforts support long term economic development and help countries make the transition from food aid recipient to commercial buyer. The united states is the largest donor of international food assistance it has recently spent about 2 billion per year to provide international food assistance to food insecure countries in both emergency food assistance to avert humanitarian crises and development assistance to support agriculture and related sectors. Bread for the world advocated on reforms to the us governments food aid programs and policies in its 2014 offering of letters smart reforms to food aid enable more food to be purchased closer to where the need is rather than shipped slowly overseas from the us
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