Food Aid Report
April 13, 2017
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a report on the U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID) implementation and oversight of additional food aid flexibility authorized by the 2014 farm bill. Under that bill, USAID is authorized to use up to 20 percent of Food for Peace funds for administrative purposes, now interpreted by USAID to include the delivery of cash-based food aid. The report offers the first comprehensive look into the extent USAID is using the new authority to provide cash transfers, food vouchers, and locally or regionally procured (LRP) food, rather than U.S.-grown commodities, to those in need across the globe. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway says the report suggests that USAID has yet to reach the limits it is allowed to spend on these activities. "Not only does this report solidify my concerns about USAID's ability to monitor the use of cash and vouchers overseas, but also that demands for even more flexibility are premature," said Conaway. The Texas congressman says he hopes we never lose sight of the critical role American farmers and U.S.-grown commodities have played in feeding the world over the past 60 years.