Thursday, October 18, 2012

USAID for corporations

 Three of the largest food companies in the United States are getting $7 million from the United States Agency for International Development so they can provide technical and business advice to small and growing food processors across sub-Saharan Africa.

The companies are putting up $8 million of their own money through a non-profit organization, Partners in Food Solutions, they have set up.

The three companies are General Mills, Cargill and DSM.

I don't think there is any shortage of expertise in Africa, given tremendous advances in education over the last several decades. The U.S. government could probably do more with its $7 million by partnering with some of these Africans.

A book about the last 50 years of global food aid detailed how the United States benefits its own people more than the hungry and needy poor of the world by purchasing the food it donates in the United States, by subsidizing farmers to grow crops such as rice and by insisting that only U.S.-owned ships staffed with union members can deliver the aid.