Wednesday, December 22, 2004

U.S cuts aid to food charities

The first in what will undoubtedly be a series (collect them all):

"In one of the first signs of the effects of the tightening U.S. budget, in the past two months the Bush administration has reduced its contributions to global food aid programs aimed at helping millions of people climb out of poverty.
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With the federal budget deficit expanding and President George W. Bush promising to reduce spending, the administration has told representatives of several charities that it is unable to honor some promises.
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Groups have been told they will have money for food only in emergencies like that in Darfur, in western Sudan.
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The cuts to charities, estimated by some charities at up to $100 million, come at a time when the number of hungry in the world is rising for the first time in years and all food programs are being stretched.
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As a result, Save The Children, Catholic Relief Services and other charities have suspended or eliminated programs that were intended to help the poor feed themselves.
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The programs helped with food supplies through improvements in farming, education and health.
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'We have between five and seven million people who have been affected by these cuts,' Lisa Kuennen, a food aid expert at Catholic Relief Services, said.
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'We had approval for all of these programs, often a year in advance,' she added. 'We hired staff, signed agreements with governments and with local partners, and now we have had to delay everything.'
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One administration official involved in food aid voiced concern that putting such a high priority on emergency help might be shortsighted. The best way to avoid famines is to help poor countries become self-sufficient with cash and food aid now, said the official, who asked not to be named because of the continuing debate on the issue.
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'The fact is, the development programs are being shortchanged and I'm not sure the administration is going to make up the money,' the official said."


The money saved should fund the SDI program for an additional, oh, twelve seconds or so.
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1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice to see that having a president who does what he says and says what he means actually translates into "what I say don't mean shit" in such a tangible way.

2:13 PM  

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