Take action on the 2012 Farm Bill

The Farm BillOn June 21, the U.S. Senate passed the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act (S. 3240), which contained important reforms to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the U.S. international food aid system.

S.3240, also known as the Farm Bill, includes provisions that will increase the effectiveness of how the United States addresses food insecurity around the globe. Among other things, it will allow for purchase and distribution of food commodities closer to the area of need (to reduce costs and empower local communities) and establishes reporting requirements to address the inefficient practice of monetization (the sale of U.S. goverment food to fund food aid and other anti-poverty programs). CARE has long-argued that the United States needs to reduce its reliance on monetization for funding development programs.

CARE thanks the Senate for passing this important bill, and now calls on the U.S. House of Representatives to include these important provisions in its version of the Farm Bill before the current law expires at the end of September.

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