• Congressional Hearing Slams Proposed Food Aid Cuts

    Jun 09, 2017
    Earlier this week the House Committee on Agriculture convened a hearing on the FY2018 budget proposal from President Trump that calls for the elimination of both the Food for Peace and McGovern-Dole Food For Education food assistance programs. The slate of witnesses represented almost every aspect of the food assistance delivery chain from farmer to processor, implementer (humanitarian organizations and Private Voluntary Organizations (PVOs)), and the maritime industry that brings the commodities from U.S. ports to their final destinations.
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  • Food Aid Funding Fight in Future

    May 09, 2017
    The recently passed Fiscal Year 2017 Omnibus Appropriations bill included $2 billion for food aid programs that the U.S. rice industry supports, but signals from the Trump Administration indicate American humanitarian efforts may not exist in the future.
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  • GAO Report Confirms USAID Using Cash More Than Commodities; More Flexibility Likely Unnecessary

    Apr 14, 2017
    Earlier this week, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), a nonpartisan agency known as the “supreme auditor” for the federal government, released a report evaluating food aid oversight and implementation.
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  • Fortified Rice Study Clears Way for More Rice in Food Aid as Administration Looks to Eliminate Humanitarian Programs

    Mar 17, 2017
    Last week the World Food Programme (WFP) released a much-anticipated study on rice fortification that should pave the way for greater use of fortified rice in U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and WFP food assistance programs. The study demonstrated that rinse-resistant coated fortified rice and extruded fortified rice perform the same in terms of taste and impact on malnutrition.
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  • U.S. Rice Headed to Africa in Advance of Global Hunger Crisis

    Mar 09, 2017
    Yesterday the U.S. Department of Agriculture authorized the purchase of 28,120 MT of Number 2 or better long grain milled rice headed to Conakry, Guinea, as part of the Food For Progress (FFPr) program. FFPr relies on the monetization or barter of a commodity, to fund local agricultural value chain efforts conducted in country by Private Voluntary Organizations (PVOs) to help develop a profitable ag sector which in turn helps local economic development.
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  • Fortified U.S.-Grown Rice Promoted at Food Aid Conference

    Oct 13, 2016
    This week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) held a joint 2016 International Food Assistance and Food Security Conference where USA Rice heavily promoted advances in fortified rice.
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  • USA Rice Food Aid Subcommittee Names New Chairman

    Sep 27, 2016
    USA Rice is proud to announce a new chairman to USA Rice’s Food Aid subcommittee, Bobby Hanks. Hanks is president of Louisiana Rice Mill which he helped co-found in 1999.
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  • Role of Rice in Food Aid is Major Topic of Discussion

    Sep 20, 2016
    Last week, representatives from the U.S. rice industry, the U.S. government, and Riceland Foods and Producers Rice Mill met to discuss the role of rice in current U.S. food aid policies. Discussions focused primarily on effective ways to utilize rice in the U.S. government’s food aid programs, including the use of fortified rice as it has the potential to resolve persistent micronutrient deficiencies in disadvantaged populations – a high priority for U.S. programs.
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  • Fortified Rice is a Game Changer for Food Aid

    Jul 22, 2016
    Throughout the last year, the global food supply chain has faced unprecedented pressure from challenging weather conditions due to El Niño, the continued outpouring of refugees from Syria and the Middle East, and a steep decline in oil and commodity prices. The demand for not just food, but proper nutrition, continues to grow exponentially. The U.S. is responding to that demand with its agricultural bounty combined with new investment in nutritional science to combat global micronutrient deficiencies, a condition called hidden hunger.
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  • USA Rice Promotes Rice in Food Aid to Decision Makers

    Jul 18, 2016
    At the annual USDA Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS) Attaché Seminar sponsored by the U.S. Agricultural Export Development Council meeting last week, USA Rice Director of International Promotion Sarah Moran participated in a panel discussion of food aid as a tool in developing international markets.
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