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Food Aid and Agricultural Cargo Preference

Tuesday, December 7, 2010 - 08:30 - 10:00
Capitol Visitor Center Congressional Meeting Room North
Washington, DC
CARE, Oxfam America, and the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa invite you to a breakfast briefing:

Food Aid and Agricultural Cargo Preference

A controversial but little understood aspect of US food aid programs is the agricultural cargo preference requirement levied on US food aid shipments.  Cargo preference laws were originally designed to provide essential sealift capability in wartime, maintain skilled jobs for American seafarers, and avoid foreign domination of US ocean commerce.  A new report by Elizabeth Bageant, Chris Barrett, and Erin Lentz of Cornell University argues that these subsidies complicate the humanitarian task of food delivery and add substantial costs to food aid programs. More efficient direct subsidies to the US shipping industry would more effectively advance national security and maritime goals.

Please join CARE, the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa, and Oxfam America for a breakfast panel discussion featuring report co-author Chris Barrett and senior representatives from US government agencies, agribusiness and shipping industries, and non-governmental organizations who will react to the report’s findings and provide an update on other efforts intended to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of US food aid programs.


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Welcome and Introduction - Emmy Simmons, Board Member, Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa (moderator)
Food Aid and Agricultural Cargo Preference Report FindingsChris Barrett, Stephen B. and Janice G. Ashley Professor of Applied Economics and Management and International Professor of Agriculture, Cornell University
  • Jonathan Dworken, Acting Director, Office of Food for Peace, USAID
  • Harry Haskins, Associate Administrator for Business and Finance Development, Maritime Administration
  • Bryant Gardner, USA Maritime
  • Eric Steiner, Director of Government Affairs for Farm Policy, National Association of Wheat Growers
  • Blake Selzer, Senior Policy Advocate, CARE
Question and Answer
ClosingEmmy Simmons