A new vision for agriculture
momagri, movement for a world agricultural organization, is a think tank chaired by Christian Pèes.
It brings together, managers from the agricultural world and important people from external perspectives,
such as health, development, strategy and defense. Its objective is to promote regulation
of agricultural markets by creating new evaluation tools, such as economic models and indicators,
and by drawing up proposals for an agricultural and international food policy.
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Domestic food aid:
A key component of the US agricultural budget

June 22, 2015


The new American Farm Bill is being implemented with great effort due to the complexity of some of its provisions. Domestic food aid keenly contributes to its popularity, since its share in the agricultural budget substantially increased during the past few years, and thus considerably stimulates the American economic activity.

The provisions concerning domestic food aid included in the new Farm Bill voted in February 2014 remain fairly similar to those in the 2008 Farm Bill. The nutrition title still accounts for the main budget item, in spite of the adoption of a slight $8.6 billion cut over 10 years in food aid to Americans––less one percent of food aid––and represents $391 billion over five years. As “the nation’s first line of defense against hunger”1, the program assists low-income families to buy food, particularly through food stamps. In fiscal 2014, 46.5 million people benefitted from the SNAP program.

In the 2014 Farm Bill, we note some new features and developments concerning SNAP recipients, including:
    - Tightening the SNAP eligibility criteria to curb misuse and fraud, and thus exclude some recipients––students, lottery winners and undocumented aliens;

    - Implementing the Food Insecurity and Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grants, representing subsidies to incite SNAP recipients to buy locally-produced fruit and vegetables;

    - Developing SNAP Pilot Programs for Employment and Training to foster jobs and incomes for SNAP recipients.
Now more than ever, the Farm Bill is seen as a process to sell agricultural production since 95 percent of the products involved are American-grown. As a result, the Farm Bill is like a “Swiss knife”––it assists farmers to hedge market risks and climate hazards, while it is based on a social justification concerning close to 15 percent of the population.


1 USDA

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