• More Options Now Available for Rice Fortification

    Nov 08, 2017
    Key stakeholders and decision makers in U.S. food aid policy recently determined that rinse resistant coated fortified rice is similar in nutrient delivery to extruded fortified rice. While extruded fortified rice is already available for use in global food assistance programs, implementing agencies can expect to see a revised commodity requirements document for both kinds of fortified rice no later than January 2018.
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  • Senate Hearing Attacks Food Aid Status Quo

    Oct 27, 2017
    Senator Corker (R-TN) used a hearing on food aid to blast some aspects of the programs.
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  • U.S. Agriculture’s Role Vital to International Peace Process

    Sep 22, 2017
    Earlier this week, USA Rice staff attended the quarterly Agribusiness Club luncheon here featuring Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA) who serves on the House Agriculture Committee and the House Rules Committee, and has been a longtime supporter of agriculture, championing the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the International Food for Peace (FFP) program.
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  • New GAO Report Analyzes Global Food Aid Programs

    Sep 06, 2017
    In response to a request from House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conway, the Government Accounting Office (GAO) recently released a report analyzing the impact of U.S. global food aid programs. The report comes at a critical time for U.S. food assistance programs whose funding levels have been the subject of frequent debates as part of the annual budget process.
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  • 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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