In recent years, demand for food assistance in response to natural and manmade disasters, as well as rising food prices, has grown substantially. Increased resource flexibility associated with reduced food aid shipments from donor countries has also created new challenges for food assistance agencies, which must now identify what sorts of responses are most appropriate in attempting to address food insecurity in a given place and time.
Meanwhile, as the deleterious effects of food borne pathogens and micronutrient deficiencies have become better understood, concerns about the nutrient mix in food assistance packages, as well as broader food safety and quality standards, have recently become prominent issues as well.
This volume lays out the current and future challenges of food assistance policy issues. It presents a compact review of the key food assistance policy issues that both divide and potentially unite the EU and the US, as well as of the research evidence that might inform ongoing and emerging policy debates.
About the Author
Christopher B. Barrett is Stephen B. and Janice G. Ashley Professor of Applied Economics and Management and International Professor of Agriculture in the Department of Applied Economics and Management, and Co-Director of the African Food Security and Natural Resources Management Program, Cornell University, USA. He is the Co-author of Food Aid after Fifty Years and Editor of The Social Economics of Poverty, also published by Routledge.
Julia Steets is Associate Director of the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin.
Table of Contents
1. Food Assistance for the 21st Century: An Introduction (Chris Barrett and Julia Steets) 2. Global Food Assistance Architecture (Alex Gaus and Andrea Binder) 3. Food Assistance Policy and Institutions in the US and the EU (Alex Gaus and Cynthia Mathys) 4. Needs Assessments in Food Assistance (Andrea Binder) 5. New Modalities of Food Assistance (Erin Lentz and Joanna Upton) 6. Food Aid Quality (Cynthia Mathys and Kira Villa)