The World Food Program:

How the U.S. Can Help Improve It

ID-77-16: Published: May 16, 1977. Publicly Released: May 16, 1977.

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The World Food Program has provided almost $1.8 billion in food aid to developing countries with the United States, its biggest contributor, donating $640 million to the program.

The program is attempting to focus on the poorest nations and on development projects, but it lacks a long-range programming system and a clear system of priorities. This sometimes allows countries better able to administer large volumes of food aid to receive preferential treatment, and results in resources going to projects easier to administer instead of those with greater development uses. Proposals for large-scale projects and expansions, which must be approved by the program's governing body, are often submitted too late for review by member governments. The program relies on recipient governments for data to review project progress, and does not have the right to audit projects at the country level.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Departments of State and Agriculture and the Agency for International Development should (1) work for a clear set of program priorities; (2) propose to the governing body that projects must be submitted for member governments' review; and (3) make efforts to obtain audit rights for the program.

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