Group Turns Down Millions in U.S. Food Aid

By: AP
By: AP

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) _ The humanitarian group CARE has turned down $46 million worth of U.S. food aid, arguing that the way the American government distributes aid hurts poor farmers.

CARE said wheat donated by the U.S. government and sold by charities to finance anti-poverty programs results in low-priced crops being dumped on local markets and small-scale growers cannot compete.

Other experts said they share CARE's concern, but stressed that food donations are sometimes needed when a natural disaster harms a local area's agriculture.

CARE agrees with that, stressing it's not against food aid for emergencies like drought and famine. But it argues donors would
help more if they gave cash that could be spent on locally produced
crops, which would stimulate agricultural expansion.

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