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About "LRP Food Aid"
The United States currently has over 90% of food donated as foreign food aid bought in the US and then the physical bags of grain are shipped to the needy countries. This plan takes the recommendation of many experts who advocate switching to local and regional procurement (LRP). Under LRP, we send money and they use it to buy food from local farmers or from regional sources closer to the need where grain is available. We wouldn’t have to ship anything, food will get there several months faster, and we will save millions of lives. The best part? Local and regional procurement (LRP) is cheaper, so more food can be bought at no additional cost.
All of this happens while also helping local farmers in the affected regions, who are often destroyed because they can’t compete with food priced at zero that arrives in the region from abroad. Destroying farms in areas affected by famine is a really bad idea, and that makes this plan a really good idea.
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