Global Food Aid Challenges and the Role of Rice on The Rice Stuff Podcast

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Food Aid 101
Aug 25, 2020
ARLINGTON, VA – USA Rice’s food aid consultant, Rebecca Bratter, joined The Rice Stuff podcast this week to talk about the unprecedented challenges facing the humanitarian sector, how food aid addresses global problems, and where U.S.-grown rice fits in.

“With U.S. rice at record levels in food aid programs this year and more to come, we felt it was time to take a deep dive into these vital programs,” said Michael Klein, USA Rice vice president of communications and domestic promotion and one of the podcast’s hosts.  “Rebecca did a great job unpacking the multilayered world of food aid to explain the different programs, what their goals are, and how and where they are working.  If you are interested in how these programs work, you need to listen to this episode.”

Bratter said at any given time upward of 50 countries are receiving vital food aid from the United States, and with experts describing today’s global humanitarian crises as “biblical,” the programs are needed now more than ever.

“We explored the differences in the major food aid programs that rice is involved in:  Food for Peace, Food for Progress, and the McGovern-Dole program,” said podcast co-host Lesley Dixon.  “We also talked about fortified rice, which is a game changer, and other notable success stories that the U.S. rice industry is proudly a part of.”

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