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Food Aid Reform and the 2012 US Farm Bill: Expectations and Prospects

Friday, June 10, 2011 - 09:00 - 11:00
Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2168
Washington, DC
The Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa invites you to a panel discussion on

Food Aid Reform and the 2012 US Farm Bill:
Expectations and Prospects

Stephanie Mercier
Former Chief Economist, Senate Agriculture Committee
  • Beyond Local and Regional Purchase of Food Aid: Necessary New Innovations that Fit Demand-led Agricultural StrategiesJohn Brooks, Team Leader, Emergency Food Security Program, Office of Food for Peace, USAID

  • New Directions in Food Assistance and Feed the FutureSusan Bradley, Senior Policy Advisor, Bureau for Food Security, USAID

  • Food Aid, Farm Bill and the Prospects for Doha - Kim Elliott, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development

  • Field Perspective on Emergency Assistance and Agricultural Development - Florence Rolle, Senior Liaison Officer, Liaison Office for North America, UN Food and Agriculture Organization

Dr. Stephanie Mercier’s presentation will be based on a research paper commissioned by the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa on Thinking Ahead: What’s Up with U.S. Food Aid Policy in Advance of the 2012 Farm Bill?  Dr. Mercier is the former Chief Economist for the Democratic staff of the Senate Agriculture Committee, a position she held from March 1997 to 2011, and now works as an independent agricultural policy consultant.  The key issues she covered for the Committee included international trade policy, crop insurance, and disaster programs.  Prior to that post, she served as team leader for the Trade Policy and Programs area of the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  In her nine years at ERS, she worked on both domestic commodity programs and trade policy issues. An Iowa native, Dr. Mercier has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from Iowa State University.