The daily rations provided by an aid agency to African refugees in 2014
Problems with the Food Aid/Rations Currently Available:
- Poor nutritional value - Resulting in health, social and economic costs due to increased risk of diseases, lower productivity and reinforcement of the poverty cycle.
- Not culturally appropriate - Resulting in the reduced consumption of food rations.
- Create a cycle of dependency - Food-insecure individuals become reliant on the food sources provided to them.
- Drive down local prices and negatively affects local producers - Food from developed countries is dumped onto the local economy causing domestic producers to be unable to compete on price, leading to them losing business and jobs.
- Prone to supply-side shocks and logistical difficulties - Developed countries are often far away from the country suffering food insecurity, meaning that in emergency relief scenarios, rations are often provided too late. This also results in significant CO2 emissions.